What is World Oceans Day?

From the Bahamas to Hong Kong – across the international date line and across the planet….everyone gets involved! Are you getting involved?

On World Oceans Day, people around the blue planet celebrate and acknowledge the ocean which connects us all. It’s a great idea to get together with your family, friends, community, school, and child care, to recognise what needs to happen to ensure the ocean is kept safe and start creating a better future. The global celebration is a way to acknowledge that no matter where in the world we are – we all have a role to play in protecting our oceans.

The “WHY” of World Oceans Day!

A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival. Every year, World Oceans Day provides a unique opportunity to recognize, help protect, and conserve our world’s shared ocean. Why is the ocean so important? Because it:

  • Generates most of the oxygen we breathe
  • Helps feed us
  • Regulates our climate
  • Cleans the water we drink
  • Offers a pharmacopoeia of medicines
  • Provides limitless inspiration

When communities acknowledge, plan and talk about the ocean on June 8th it allows for:

  • Changes in perspective – encourage individuals to think about what the ocean means to them and what it has to offer all of us with hopes of conserving it for present and the future generations.
  • Learning – discover the wealth of diverse and beautiful ocean creatures and habitats, how our daily actions affect them, and how we are all interconnected.
  • A changing of our ways – we are all linked to, and through, the ocean! By taking care of your backyard and helping in your community, you are acting as a caretaker of our ocean. Making small modifications to your everyday habits will make a difference, and involving your family, friends, and community will benefit our blue planet even more!
  • Celebration – whether you live inland or on the coast, we are all connected to the ocean. Take the time to think about how the ocean affects you, and how you affect the ocean, and then organize or participate in activities that celebrate our ocean.

World Oceans Day web page has an interactive map – showing events that have been organised and registered – you too can register and get your name on the map! Imagine sharing with your children that your centre/school has just been listed on this world map!

You can download resources from the organiser’s website –

https://www.worldoceansday.org/resources

But some other great ideas are –

  • Letting your local paper know what you’re up to for World Oceans Day- and try and be a feature article – really spreading the word across the community.
  • Taking an excursion to the beach and start a cleanup project to protect marine life in the ocean.
  • Create a long term project with children and families in the centre about how you can make a change in homes and centres and the community.
  • Make contact with a centre in another part of the world and discuss how you are acknowledging World Oceans Day.
  • Invite a guest speaker to come in and talk with Educators and children about the ocean – and maintaining its beauty.

“The ocean is a place of beauty, a wildlife habitat, it allows up to breathe and grow, it also allows for industry, energy, recreation and tourism – we cannot keep harming and continue to take without consequence- it won’t be with us forever.” Anon.