World Oceans Day , Official Press Release
Why is this day so important? & What you can do to help?
On June 8th hundreds of communities around the globe will celebrate World Oceans Day – an opportunity to learn about our world ocean and our personal connection to the sea, to raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives, and the important ways people can help to protect our shared world ocean.
The Ocean Project – with over 1,000 Partner aquariums, zoos, science museums and other educational organizations in all 50 states and 85 countries – is the largest network ever formed to focus on ocean conservation. The Ocean Project, working closely with the World Ocean Network, helps to promote events and activities to celebrate World Oceans Day around the globe. Working together, we also succeeded in our petition to have the United Nations officially designate World Oceans Day as June 8th each year.
This year’s theme: “Oceans of Life – Pick your Favorite * Protect your Favorite” focuses on our ocean’s great diversity of life and how we can all help. Since everyone has a favorite ocean animal, we are interested in connecting their favorite species with what they can do to help conserve our world’s ocean.
Why diversity of life is so important:
- Each of us relies on a healthy ocean with a rich diversity of life to provide most of the oxygen we breathe, much of the food we eat, as well as medicines and other essentials that we need to survive
- The ocean provides for millions of jobs and endless opportunities for inspiration and recreation such as diving, snorkeling, fishing, and boating. How much would you enjoy the ocean without its great diversity of life?
- The greater the diversity of life in the ocean the better job the ocean will do in helping maintain the planet’s normal climate conditions and in adjusting to a changing climate
Important “Oceans of Life” related events in 2010:
- The Census of Marine Life will celebrate a decade of discovery when they release their 10-year report in October, 2010. This scientific report seeks a much stronger understanding of the marine environment and its diverse life.
- 2010 is the 50th anniversary of a favorite children’s book One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. The Seuss Foundation is working closely with The Ocean Project to help the colorful characters of Dr. Seuss come to life at our Partner sites around the world through “Seussian birthday parties” on World Oceans Day.
- 2010 is also the International Year of Biodiversity, as designated by the United Nations, to try and emphasize the value of all types of biodiversity in our lives.
How celebrating World Oceans Day can help:
- A worldwide celebration of our shared ocean can help make people more aware of our connections and the importance of the ocean in our daily lives.
- This celebration provides inspirational ways for people to promote their positive impact on the ocean, for example, by reducing CO2 emissions.
A continually updated list of events for 2010 as well as event ideas, graphics, and more can be found at the World Oceans Day website. www.WorldOceansDay.org