World Oceans Day is held annually on the 8th June. It aims to raise awareness of the challenges that humanity face in it’s quest to protect the World’s Oceans.
On World Oceans Day people around the planet celebrate and honour the mass of water that links us all together; for what it provides for humans and for what it represents. We must thank The Ocean Project and The World Ocean Network for helping to promote and coordinate this event since 2002.
World Oceans Day was first introduced in 1992, to raise awareness of the crucial role the sea plays as a source of food, oxygen and medicine. It was officially recognised by the United Nations (UN) in 2008. Numerous events are held around the world to mark World Oceans Day.
The world’s oceans play a key role for sustaining life on Earth. According to the UN, they are ‘the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe, as well as a major source of food and medicines, and a critical part of the biosphere.’
In the past few decades, the threat from pollution, overfishing and other forms of exploitation of marine habitats, have increased dramatically.
Show your support for the World’s Oceans.
Be a part of this global celebration, by participating in or holding an event of your own, to raise awareness and help the world’s oceans.
The goal for 2013 is 1,000 events, register now and help reach it!
What you can do to help the worlds oceans:
- REFUSE, REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE all plastics
- Stop accepting plastic bags when you shop. Plastics often end up in the ocean and we can do our small part, by not contributing to that. Convince as many of your friends and family to do the same
- Start using non-toxic organic and biodegradable cleaners and soaps. Eventually, all of this wastewater ends up in the ocean
- Eat only sustainable seafood. Get a free pocket guide or use the Blue Ocean Institute’s text message service to understand the threat levels to the species you are consuming. If you eat Chilean Sea Bass, Shark, Bluefin Tuna, or imported Shrimps, (just a few examples,) you are consuming seafood that is unsustainable
- Reduce your carbon footprint. The oceans are warming and acidifying. You can do your part by being efficient with your energy consumption – switch to compact fluorescent bulbs, maintain your vehicle properly, and purchase carbon offsets
- Keep diving and shooting. Share your images with as many non-divers as possible. Help them understand the beauty that is in danger from overpopulation and over consumption by the human race. Your underwater photos and videos are the eyes and ears of the ocean, and the ocean thanks you for being it’s ambassador