World Oceans Day: 8 June

World Oceans Day is a worldwide celebration that focusses on the need to protect, conserve, and honour our great waters – oceans that make up a large part of the 71% of water covering our planet.
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At the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 the Canadian Government proposed the setting up of a World Ocean Day; in December 2008 the UN officially recognized 8 June as World Oceans Day which is coordinated by The Ocean Project, a not-for-profit international community foundation.

In 2020 the theme is ‘Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean’. Here are some ideas for celebrating the day:

  • check out online events and share the message
  • sign the petition linked above
  • make a personal pledge to check out endangered sea-life
  • eliminate any ‘red and orange list’ sea foods from your diet
  • empower young people to challenge the status quo
  • reduce your use of single use plastics that ultimately pollute the sea
  • listen to music or watch a film that celebrates our blue planet
  • use art and crafts to celebrate our marine world
  • listen to podcasts, or watch a TedTalk on the biodiversity of oceans
  • if it is safe, and permissible, clean up part of a beach or coastal area

There is a worldwide movement called “30×30” – that is a call on world leaders to protect 30% of our blue planet by 2030. To join in the call for world leaders to help protect our great waters, you can SIGN THE PETITION

What are the World Oceans?

Throughout the centuries there have been widely differing lists of prime bodies of water, mainly focusing on ‘the seven seas’. Along with numerous seas including saltwater lakes and freshwater seas, the World Factbook lists five oceans: Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Southern Ocean, and Arctic Ocean. These oceans span our world, each with its own distinctive form, character, and mythology.

I have been fortunate to witness the grandeur of all but the Arctic, and I would like to share a few of my images here.

Embrace the beauty of our seas
marvel at their powers;
their welfare lies within our hands –
count not in years, but hours.

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