World Ocean Day – June 8

World Ocean Day is observed on June 8 each year.
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World Ocean Day is observed on June 8 each year. Image Unsplash.

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World Ocean Day

World Ocean Day is an annual global celebration that takes place on June 8th to honour the ocean, raise awareness about the importance of protecting it, and encourage action to preserve and sustainably manage our oceans and their resources.

The idea for World Ocean Day was first proposed in 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and officially recognized World Ocean Day in 2008 by the United Nations General Assembly. However, it was not until 2002 that the concept gained greater recognition when the Canadian government proposed a resolution at the United Nations General Assembly to recognize World Ocean Day officially.

The resolution was adopted, and since then, World Ocean Day has been celebrated annually on June 8th, with a different theme each year to promote specific issues related to ocean conservation and sustainable development.

World Ocean Day is now recognized by the United Nations as an official observance day and is celebrated globally through various events and activities organized by individuals, organizations, and governments.

The ocean is critical to our planet’s health and well-being, providing food and oxygen and regulating the climate. However, human activities such as overfishing, pollution, and climate change threaten the ocean’s health and its ecosystems.

See also: Turning Ocean Legacy Plastic into Useful Items.

Through World Ocean Day, we can learn about the importance of the ocean and its resources and take action to protect and sustainably manage them for future generations.

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How to celebrate:

  • Shop for sustainable seafood or skip it altogether.
  • Read, watch, and learn about sustainable fisheries.
  • Watch an ocean film (Mission Blue, Our Planet: Coastal Seas, My Octopus Teacher, The Blue Planet, A Plastic Ocean).
  • Organize or plan a beach clean-up.
  • Support marine protection foundations and organizations.
  • Write a letter or create social media posts expressing your appreciation for the oceans and sharing information about the importance of ocean conservation.

Fun Facts:

  • In 2019, over 2000 events in over 140 countries engaged 87 million people across social media.
  • In 2021, over 1100 organizations in 84 countries signed a global petition to world leaders to protect 30% of our lands and ocean by 2030.
  • The ocean has about 343 quintillion gallons of water in it.
  • Oceans cover over 70% of the planet and provide 80% of the world’s biodiversity.
  • The largest ocean is the Pacific Ocean which covers more than 30% of the Earth’s surface. The smallest is the Arctic Ocean which covers 3%.
  • According to National Geographic, there are more artifacts underwater than in all the world’s museums combined.
  • The longest chain of mountains is virtually entirely beneath the ocean. This is known as the Mid-Ocean Ridge. It stretches across a distance of 65,000 km.

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