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June 8th Is World Ocean Day
By Jason Heller, June 4, 2008 @ 08:00 AM (EST)

World Ocean Day is still an unofficial holiday, so we figured that we'd share a little background so hopefuly you, the ocean lovers and supports of the world, can share this with your friends and family and help to create more awareness of the plight of the oceans and the need for us to all work together to change our behavior in order to help.

The ocean provides so much to us - life itself - and we must always stop and ask ourselves "what have I done for the ocean lately?".

So here's a crib sheet about World Ocean Day:

According to Wikipedia: "World Ocean Day began on 8 June 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. However, it is not an officially recognized secular holiday by the United Nations as of yet.

World Ocean Day is an opportunity every year to honor the oceans and products they provide, such as seafood, as well as marine life itself for aquariums and pets. The oceans also provide sea-lanes for international trade. Global pollution and over-consumption of fish have resulted in drastically dwindling population of the majority of species."

From The Ocean Project: "Although not yet officially designated by the United Nations, an increasing number of countries mark June 8th as an opportunity each year to celebrate our world ocean and our personal connection to the sea. The Ocean Project, working closely with the World Ocean Network each year, helps to coordinate events and activities with aquariums, zoos, museums, conservation organizations, universities, schools, businesses. Together with the World Ocean Network, we are also working to have the United Nations officially designate World Ocean Day as June 8th each year."

Inform your friends and family of the importance of the ocean.

The world's ocean:

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

The Ocean Project asks you to sign a petition to the United Nations and world government leaders asking them to help make a difference for our ocean planet. You can read and sign the petition here.

The entire team at DivePhotoGuide reminds you ask yourself "what have I done for the ocean lately?". So on June 8th, take a few minutes at least to sign a petition, make donations to ocean conservation groups, clean up a reef, write to your local government, and share this page with your friends and family. But remember - if you're a diver, everyday is world ocean day.

 

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Gaynor L. Rosier
May 31, 2009 2:37 PM
Gaynor L. Rosier wrote:
My volunteer Eco Divers and I will be doing our bit to help with marine conservation in the Mediterranean.
More volunteers needed for the Project Aware cleanup in September: www.kennaecodiving.net
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