Yearly, on June 8, World Oceans Day recognizes 71% of our planet as an interconnected entity since all oceans are linked and flow together as one. Marine life moves without regard for ocean label. Unfortunately, so does acid rain and pollution… that can move from one part of the world ocean into adjacent waters.
First proposed at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, the United Nations officially recognized this day in 2008 as a yearly international celebration. This day that calls attention to our ocean world honours decades of work by Maritime law pioneers and environmentalists such as Professor Elisabeth Mann Borgese – “Mother of the Oceans”, initiator and organizer of the first conference on the law of the sea, on Malta, in 1970, and contributor to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea [UNCLOS].
Why celebrate World Oceans Day? Our survival depends on a healthy world ocean. The world ocean generates oxygen, food, and medicines. It regulates climate and provides recreational pleasure and inspiration.
Giving World Oceans Day an international focus helps to increase our awareness of the state of ocean health and gives us the chance to reflect on the critical nature of oceans in each of our lives. It provides an opportunity to engage us to take responsibility to care for the ocean as it cares for us. World Oceans Day increases public awareness of how we can work together to help improve ocean health and to support efforts that reverse the declining health of marine ecosystems.
For each of us, as individuals, let’s address our plastic addiction! Check out how we can help oceans in this Blue The Film Vimeo:
Although 75% of the world’s fisheries are now overexploited, depleted or recovering from overexploitation, the restoration of the world ocean is a solvable global ecological challenge that we can manage effectively if we work together to reverse the pollution, acidification, and overexploitation that degrades the marine environment.
Here are some useful ocean-based materials:
plastic pollution lesson plans, lesson plan materials, training videos, videos, infographics
Early youth resources
social media images, maze activities, party kits, posters
Junior youth resources
Octonauts face painting guides, Beach cleaning activities, posters
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