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Published April 29th 2013
Our planet needs our help: The ozone layer above us has a gaping hole in it. The natural resources are being consumed at an alarming rate. Oceans are being polluted with all sorts of things being dumped into it. Animal species are heading towards extinction. The list goes on...
Many organizations help counteract the negative effects of "human living", and United Nations also marks days such as Earth Day to raise awareness about environmental issues and what we must do to help it. Similarly, 8th June has been celebrated as the official World Oceans Day as it was recognized by the UN in 2008, and ever since, it has attained a global status, where more and more communities are organizing and participating in events with a higher success rate.
Oceans of the world (Wikimedia)
Our planet has been referred to as the "blue planet" which is because the oceans make up over 70% of the earth's surface. The ocean is also sometimes referred to as the "last frontier" as the vastness of its depths is yet to be explored. If we intend to leave this planet blue, and this last frontier to be explored by the next generations, then we must commit ourselves to protecting it. The World Oceans Day provides such an opportunity, where we can get involved through various awareness campaigns, community activities, or personal commitment. There are many ideas to explore, such as beach cleanups, educational programs, art contests, film festivals, etc. Anything you can think of that might help raise awareness of how life itself depends on the oceans is fair game.
Children learning about oceans in 2011 (event organized in Malaysia - Image courtesy of the worldoceansday.org website
Turtles being released into the ocean in Sharjah, UAE in 2011 (Image courtesy worldoceansday.org website)
People around the world organize different activities on World Oceans Day. You can register online to organize an event in your own way, or participate in an event that is being organized elsewhere. For the years 2013-2014, the theme is: "together we have the power to protect the ocean!" .
Here are some ideas you might like to check out for this day which are listed under Australia on the worldoceansday.org website:
ReefLive: 7th June 2013 , 10:00 am - 10:00 pm During these 12 hours, you will be able to interact live with experts on the Great Barrier Reef. The event will be streamed live on the internet. Check out more here.
Turtling for The Oceans This event is all about uploading images on Facebook of environmental activists from around the world on the internet wearing the same blue T-shirt on the same day, i.e. 8th June, and the objective is to raise awareness about how the plastics are destroying the oceans. Learn more here.
T-shirt (World Oceans Day website)
Free Download of Education Children's Marine Life Books and Coloring Sheets Children can also participate, by learning about environmental challenges through art and fun on 6th August 2013 , 12:00 am - 12:00 pm. Learn more here.
Celebrate With Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss is helping raise awareness about the oceans as well. Click here to see how.
Dr Seuss' Involvement with World Oceans Day (worldoceansday.org)
For more ideas, explore this weblink and get involved.
As Australians, we can appreciate the importance of the oceans as we are surrounded by three of them. I would highly encourage the readers to satiate their curiosity by visiting the links provided in this article.