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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day


World Oceans Day, which had been unofficially celebrated every June 8 since its original proposal in 1992 by Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2008 Since then it has been coordinated internationally by The Ocean Project  and the  World  Ocean Network with greater success and global participation each year.
World Oceans Day is an opportunity every year to honor the world's ocean, celebrate the products the ocean provides, such as seafood, as well as marine life itself for aquariums, pets, and also a time to appreciate its own intrinsic value. The ocean also provides sea-lanes for international trade. Global pollution and over-consumption of fish have resulted in drastically dwindling population of the majority of Species.

"Youth: The Next Wave for Change."

Ocean Pledge
Commit to becoming carbon neutral.
Conserve by upgrading to energy saving appliances and compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Consume consciously by reducing, reusing, recycling, and purchasing "green" products.
Communicate about the impacts of climate change on the ocean.
Challenge yourself daily to cut your carbon emissions.
Connect by volunteering with a local watershed or ocean group.
Celebrate world ocean day.

Importance of Ocean

The wealth of life in the oceans is so incredibly important for so many reasons:
  • Each of us relies on a healthy ocean with a rich diversity of life to provide most of the oxygen we breathe, much of the food we eat, as well as medicines and other essentials that we need to survive
  • The ocean provides endless opportunities for inspiration and recreation such as diving, snorkeling, fishing, and boating. How much would you enjoy the ocean without its great diversity of life?
  • The greater the diversity of life in the ocean the better job the ocean will do in helping maintain the planet’s normal climate conditions and in adjusting to a changing climate



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