Wear Blue on Monday! “World Oceans Day” is officially June 8 starting this year, 2009. Although the concept for this holiday has been unofficially celebrated around the world since 1992, the 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, based in Rhode Island, works closely with the World Ocean Network each year, helping to coordinate events and activities with aquariums, zoos, museums, conservation organizations, universities, schools, businesses.
First we need to teach our children why oceans are important and then learn what we can do as a family to protect them. To help celebrate the event, kids between the ages of 5 and 13 can enter into an art contest expressing “Why I Love the Ocean!” Whole Foods Market University Heights (601 N. Main Street, Providence) is offering up prizes from the store before the entries are sent off to the national judges. Completed entries can either be brought to the store by Monday, June 15th to win prizes locally, or can be mailed directly to the national contest. Click here for details about the art contest.
Why Should We Celebrate World Oceans Day? (courtesy of The Ocean Project,)
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!
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.