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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

What is World Oceans Day?




"The concept for World Oceans Day was proposed in 1992 by the Government of Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and it had been unofficially celebrated every year since then. Official designation by the U.N. is a significant step in conserving and protecting our world's ocean. World Oceans Day provides 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. As of 2009, "World Oceans Day" has been officially declared by the United Nations as June 8th each year!"


"Why Should I Celebrate World Oceans Day?
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!
Yet for too long, human society has taken the world's ocean for granted.
Now we can give back! Take part in World Oceans Day events and activities this year and help protect our ocean for the future!
It's up to each one of us to help ensure that our ocean is protected and conserved for future generations. World Oceans Day allows us to:
Change 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.
Learn - discover the wealth of diverse and beautiful ocean creatures and habitats, how our daily actions affect them, and how we are all interconnected.
Change our ways - we are all connected to the ocean! By taking care of your backyard, you are acting as a caretaker of our ocean. Making small modifications to your everyday habits will greatly benefit our blue planet.
Celebrate - 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 world ocean."


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Based upon what I have read about "World Ocean Day", I have learned that every "World Ocean Day" will focus on a specific "theme", the theme for this year is:

" "one ocean, one climate, one future".


What does this theme mean?

I will let some experts tell you: According to The Ocean Project, which is an group of concerned people who have united to develop the World's most extensive network for advancing ocean education and action, this is what the 2009 theme means:

"We live on a blue planet, dominated by the ocean which covers 70% of its surface. The world’s ocean and climate are inextricably linked: the ocean plays a crucial role in maintaining the Earth's climate, and ocean life is vulnerable to climate change. Likewise, in our interconnected world, the ocean affects us and we affect the ocean. A healthy ocean helps to absorb excess carbon dioxide, provides jobs and food to people the world over, and regulates climate and temperature. Our ocean is not as healthy as it could be. As human activity – largely through burning fossil fuels, deforestation, and agricultural practices – produces growing amounts of carbon dioxide, the ocean absorbs much of it, but its waters are approaching the saturation point. As a result, ocean waters are warming and acidiying, altering the chemistry of the ocean to the point that some marine animals and corals now find it difficult to form their calcium carbonate shells!!. Due to climate change and its cascading effects, invasive species and diseases are spreading into new areas, marine mammals such as blue whales face decreased food supplies, polar bears struggle to survive due to melting sea ice, and salmon populations are disappearing from their historical ranges. Sea level is rising worldwide, threatening coastal communities, particularly low-lying islands such as North Carolina's Outer Banks and Kiribati in the Pacific Ocean. Remaining coastal regions will likely have to adjust to more frequent and violent storms, coastal surges, and other dangerous deviations from typical weather patterns. While many people remain largely unaware of the key connections between a healthy ocean, a healthy climate, and our future, momentum is growing and positive changes are taking place. Increasing numbers of people are calling on their governments to take action on the climate crisis. A movement is growing." (source:http://www.theoceanproject.org/wod/wod_theme.php)

How can you as an individual help to make World Ocean Day one of the most important days of the year?

This is how:
(a)Forward this information to your friends and family – spreading the word is one of the most important things you can do right now.

(b)Check out the World Oceans Day action poster at http://www.theoceanproject.org/wod/docs/WODaction_poster.doc for simple things you can do to cut your CO2 emissions and celebrate the ocean.

(c) Plan a World Oceans Day event or participate in one near you. To do this see this link:
(d)Use the World Oceans Day media and outreach kit to help spread the word about climate change and the ocean. To obtain this kit go to:http://www.theoceanproject.org/wod/wod_resources.php

Let us share your success stories with the world – send us information about how you or your group are helping to make a real difference!


source of image: http://www.freefoto.com/preview/1219-07-5?ffid=1219-07-5 Photographer: Ian Britton

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