Following up on World Environment Day, today we are celebrating World Oceans Day!
This day has been unofficially celebrated since 1992, when Canada proposed it in the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. The day was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2008.
The World Oceans Day is largely about respecting our oceans and bringing issues like overconsumption and pollution into discussion. But, it is also an opportunity to remind everyone about the psychological, entertaining, and functional purposes of these large bodies of water. Oceans make up for 70% of the world’s surface and they connect us with each other… Oceans feed us, generate most of the oxygen we breathe, regulate our climate and provide limitless inspiration! World Oceans Day is asking us to give back to the waters by changing our perspective, learning new, changing our ways, and celebrating.
Each year, World Oceans Day events around the globe include beach cleanups, educational programs, art contests, film festivals, and sustainable seafood events. Go out and find what’s going on in your area!