World Oceans Day
World Oceans Day
The annual World Oceans Day is 8 June and has been so since 2008. This is a wonderful initiative created in Canada in 1992 and officially recognized by the United Nations in 2008. The main goal of the World Oceans Day is to shine a spotlight on the health of the oceans. With an eye on sustainability, the key is to promote responsible use of the ocean across all spectrums.
What Can You Do on World Oceans Day?
There are many activities planned every year for World Oceans Day. One of the most popular is partaking in a local beach cleanup. Organizations both large and small all around the world organize these popular events. If you have children this is a great activity to involve the whole family. Often these events host educational seminars specifically for children. If you can’t find one in your area, the World Oceans Day website has great material on it that can help you start your own. This year many of the events are online seminars so it’s even easier for everyone to partake.
Targeting the Youth
Of course children are the future and many of them are already aware of the importance of our oceans. The World Oceans Day initiative is heavily involved with targeting youth education programs. The Youth Forum is not only a one time event each year. There are monthly webinars throughout the year and anyone can join. This is a great way for kids to learn more about the oceans and how to protect them. The Youth Leadership Council is boasts a wide range of inspiring youth from all over the globe who have a common love of the ocean.
The theme for 2020 is “Together We Can Protect Our Home”. The goal is to call upon global leaders in a quest to protect 30% of the oceans by 2030. This means creating a large amount of highly protected areas throughout the world. Please feel free to study the plethora of information on the World Oceans Day website and social media channels for more information. The more that we all do as individuals, the greater the cumulative effect will be on our Ocean Planet. Each year the Samata hosts conservationists and marine scientists aboard the vessel to help further the knowledge of our marine resources. Read more about our work with Conservation International during a recent Thresher Shark tagging project.