Ayesha Cantrell
Ayesha Cantrell

Jun 07. 2 mins

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.

  1. The idea was originally proposed by the Government of Canada at the Earth Summit in 1992.
  2. In December 2008 the UN General Assembly passed a resolution that the 8th of June be officially recognized as World Ocean Day
  3. Today, The World Ocean Day movement has over 2000 partners worldwide.
  4. In 2017 there were over 1000 events in 118 different countries with over 3 billion social media impressions
  5. 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.

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
  • Recycle

What else?

The World Ocean Day Website is full of resources to help you help the ocean.

Tell us about your World Ocean Day. What did you do? What could you do next year?

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