World Ocean Day: "One Ocean, One Climate, One Future"
The world's five oceans are essential to the survival of all life on our planet: they are a mainstay of our biosphere and our climate's powerhouse, not to mention that they help produce the air we breathe and provide an essential source of food for most of the world.
The United Nations has designated today, June 8, as World Oceans Day; an opportunity to raise global awareness of the importance of our oceans, and a way to underscore the challenges faced by the global community in its protection of our oceans. This year's theme is "One Ocean, One Climate, One Future".
The water now present on Earth is all there is, and the protection of our oceans starts with the preservation of rivers, watershed areas, lakes and surrounding biospheres. Essentially this means that everything we do everywhere, not just in or on the water, has an effect on our oceans and their ability to keep our planet healthy.
First proposed in 1992 at the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit by the Canadian Government, it took activists and ocean protection to get the UN to finally make it official. Now that World Oceans Day is here, some of the goals for the big day include:
- Reflection - think about what the ocean means to you, and how you can help conserve it for the future
- Discovery -oceans are literally vast and deep, and they contain some of the most exotic and fascinating creatures on the planet
- Conservation - we can all take steps to help keep our oceans clean, healthy and filled with life
Check out the list of events in your area to celebrate World Oceans Day.