World Ocean Day
Date When Celebrated : Always June 8
World Ocean Day is a special global day to celebrate our oceans, and to work towards maintaining and improving their health and cleanliness. As the health of our oceans goes, so goes the health of the entire planet.
Oceans comprise about 71% of the surface of the earth. With their immense size, you would think it is very hard to pollute our oceans. Well, we happen to be doing a pretty good job polluting them.
As if global warming (man-made) was damaging our oceans enough, we humans are exacting a terrible toll on the health of oceans, adding immeasurable amounts of pollutants each and every year.
Did You Know? We are still dumping trash into the ocean?
Use this special day, to become more knowledgeable about how we are polluting the oceans with litter of all kinds, from just about any source you can imagine. Tsunamis devastate coastal areas and drag pollutants into the sea. A Tsunami in Japan resulted in tons of trash washing up on U.S. west coast beaches. Oil is leaked from oil rigs, ships, and boats. Plastics, which take many years to break down, of all kinds find their way into our seas. Plastics in particular, can have a devastating effect on marine life.
A clean and healthy ocean, translates to healthy marine life. This results in safe and healthy seafood that you and I consume.
Can you name the five oceans of the world?
What can you do on World Ocean Day, to improve the health of our oceans?
The Origin of World Ocean Day:
World Ocean Day was first proposed by the Canadian government at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. In 2008, a United Nations resolution made this holiday official
Since 2004, the organization "Ocean Project", has strived to advance ocean conservation. On World Ocean Day, this organization works with schools, museums, aquariums, and other groups, to promote and coordinate educational programs about ocean health.
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