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World Oceans Day 2014

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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
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The 8th of June has been internationally designated as World Oceans Day. In giving World Oceans Day this official designation, the UN General Assembly recognised an opportunity to raise global awareness of the challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans. Sustainable development and management of the oceans' resources are critical to the achievement of international goals.

Circling fish
8th June is internationally recognised as World Oceans Day

No-one can deny the significance the oceans play in our existence on Earth. People around the world depend on healthy, clean oceans in order to survive and thrive. Did you know that an estimated 50-80% of all life on Earth is found under the ocean surface and the oceans contain 99% of the living space on the planet? Did you know that the average depth of the ocean - at 3,795 sq m - is greater than the average height of the land (840 sq m)?

The beautiful waters around Pulau

So take the time on the 8th of June to consider the role the oceans play in our lives and our wellbeing. Here are some ideas about how to celebrate this important day.

1. Enter the official World Oceans Day photo competition

This open and free photo contest seeks to inspire the creation and dissemination of positive imagery focusing on the beauty and importance of the ocean. Five thematic categories are open for photographic submissions:

-Underwater seascapes

-Underwater life

-Above water seascapes

-Humans' positive interaction/experience with the ocean

-Youth: open category, any image of the ocean below or above the surface photographed by a young person under age 16 (as at 1st April 2014).

World Oceans Day
Submit your best ocean related snap to the World Oceans Day photographic competition

For more information or to submit an entry, go to the World Oceans Day website.

Winning images will be recognized by the United Nations on Monday, 9 June 2014 during the United Nations event marking World Oceans Day 2014. Winning images (and possibly some top runners-up) will receive wide media exposure.

2. Take a selfie for the sea and make a promise that will help the environment. People are pledging such things as:

-I promise to use reusable bags at the grocery store

-I promise to use a reusable water bottle

-I promise to take shorter showers

-I promise to take public transportation to school/work once a week.

Take a selfie and make a pledge to do something positive for the environment

Post your selfie to Twitter, Facebook, or other social media platforms and tag it #WorldOceansDay.

3. If you're in Australia, there is a calendar of events happening across the nation. You'll find the details here. For example, at Bondi Beach, an art installation is being created by Subsonic Music involving a world-class daytime music event upstairs at the Pavillion. All profits will be donated to the World Ocean Day charity.

In Melbourne, 3207 Beach Patrol will be holding its monthly beachside clean up from 9.00am - 10.00am on the 8th of June. Afterwards, there's an opportunity for a cuppa and a chat.

How will you celebrate World Oceans Day?
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Why? Because protecting our oceans is vital to our survival.
When: 8th June 2014
Where: Everywhere - even if you're not near an ocean!
Cost: Free
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