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 the concept of a World Ocean Day at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Invited to give the opening address, fresh from her flight aboard STS-Discovery, Dr. Roberta Bondar supported the concept in her presentation of the “one” ocean views from space and led a discussion about the planet. Within a few years, organizations like The Ocean Project, then WorldOceanDay, promoted more and more ocean awareness events and celebrations around the world.The Canadian delegation
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 engage us to take responsibility to care for the ocean as it cares for us. World Oceans Day increases international awareness of how we can work together to help improve ocean health and to support efforts that reverse the declining health of marine ecosystems.
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.
#WorldOceansDay2020 aims to grow the global movement calling world leaders to protect 30% of our planet by 2030. This critical conservation, called #30×30, would set a global target of safeguarding at least 30% of the land and 30% of the ocean by 2030 in a network of highly protected areas to help ensure a healthy home for all.
Here are some useful ocean-based RESOURCE materials:
From the Official United Nations World Oceans Day Portal:
Ocean-Inspired Curriculum For Students / Parents / Teachers
plastic pollution lesson plans, lesson plan materials, training videos, videos, infographics
From the World Oceans Day Canada Organization:
Early learning through to Canadian Universities with Ocean Research programs Resources include Activities to Reef Cams to Water Cycle & Watersheds
For each of us, as individuals, let’s continue to curb our plastic addiction! Check out how we can help oceans in this Blue The Film Vimeo:
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