WORLD OCEAN DAY
Today is World Ocean Day; a day focused on the celebration and protection of the world’s oceans. 1000’s of events will be taking place worldwide honoring our oceans in a multitude of ways; from art installations, film screenings, and lectures to clean-ups, regattas, parades, and festivals.
There are so many ways to get involved but here are somethings you might not know about this special day.
- The idea was originally proposed by the Government of Canada at the Earth Summit in 1992.
- In December 2008 the UN General Assembly passed a resolution that the 8th of June be officially recognized as World Ocean Day
- Today, The World Ocean Day movement has over 2000 partners worldwide.
- In 2017 there were over 1000 events in 118 different countries with over 3 billion social media impressions
- Each year the focus is different, for 2018 the aim is ‘preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean.’
Am I too late to get involved?
No. There might be an event near you happening right now, and there are some great online events happening all day.
- The Centre For Marine Socioecology is holding a Twitterfest. Tune into @CMS_UTas to hear all the latest research and updates from their network of researchers and colleagues.
- Tune into a live audience with Dr. Lori Marino, Founder, and President of The Whale Sanctuary Project. Hear about building the world’s first cold-water seaside sanctuary for captive orca and beluga whale rehabilitation to their natural environment. Watch on Channel 26, Marin County, California or live stream on Peoples Environmental News
- Join Pierre-Yves Cousteau narrating a live underwater video feed covering fishing net removal. Have a question for Pierre-Yves Cousteau? Use #SaveYourBreath on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
- Join the Twitter Q&A with Imogen Napper from the National Marine Litter Research Unit as she talks about the #EndPlasticSoup campaign focused on the issue of microplastic fibers from synthetic clothing.
However, saving and protecting the ocean isn’t just confined to June 8th every year. The ocean plastic crisis is now a mainstream cause and people the world over are altering their lifestyles and making choices to reduce their impact.
Here’s what you can do every day.
- Use reusable shopping bags
- Carry a reusable bottle and coffee cup
- Refuse straws
- Avoid products with micro-beads
- Shop at markets and locations that stock items with zero or less packaging
- Bringing the cause to a wider audience is easier than you might think. WorldOceansDay.org have a guide designed to help you organize a clean up which is a great way to build a community spirit, create more ambassadors and help spread the word.
- Understand how to communicate the problem. This download will help.
- World Oceans Day thrives on collaborative support and welcomes donations.
- Their site features a shop stocking some great t-shirts and bags-for-life.
The World Ocean Day Website is full of resources to help you help the ocean.
- Download guides, videos and infographics
- f you teach or run a youth community group, there are lesson plans and many dedicated youth resources too.
Tell us about your World Ocean Day. What did you do? What could you do next year?