~~June 9, 2014~~
World Oceans Day has been unofficially celebrated every 8 June since its original proposal in 1992 by Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2008. Since then it has been coordinated internationally by The Ocean Project and the World Ocean Network with greater success and global participation each year.
World Oceans Day is an annual observation to honour the world’s oceans, celebrate the products the ocean provides such as seafood as well as marine life itself for aquariums, pets, and also a time to appreciate its own intrinsic value. The ocean also provides sea-lanes for international trade. Global pollution and over-consumption of fish have resulted in drastically dwindling population of the majority of species.
The Ocean Project, working in partnership with the World Ocean Network, has been promoting WOD since 2003 with its network of over 1,600 ocean conservation organizations and others throughout the world. Events performed for WOD and awareness includes beach cleanups, educational programs, art contests, film festivals, and sustainable seafood events.
~~World Oceans Day 2014~~
The World Oceans Day 2014 theme is “Together we have the power to protect the ocean“, focused on raising awareness and promoting personal and community action in fun and positive ways, leading to a more aware, engaged, and sustainable society, and a healthier ocean.
~~World Oceans Day 2013~~
The World Oceans Day 2013 & 2014 theme is “Together we have the power to protect the ocean“.
~~World Oceans Day 2012~~
The World Oceans Day 2012 theme is “Youth: the Next Wave for Change“.
The Ocean Project launched a completely revamped site for World Oceans Day 2012. After the website crashed in 2011 due to an unexpectedly large number of users, significant resources were dedicated to prevent a recurrence. It is now prepared for what is expected to be the largest celebration of the ocean ever.
There were over 600 events planned in 55 countries.
~~World Oceans Day 2011~~
The World Oceans Day 2011 theme is the same as its 2012 celebration.
~~World Oceans Day 2010~~
The Ocean Project and World Ocean Network recorded over 300 events for WOD 2010, a 26% increase over 2009. Participation in the United States increased by 32% (with participation in 37 states, as compared to 25 states the previous year). 2010 also boasted several additional countries (a total of 45 globally) that held events, including Bangladesh, Belgium, French Polynesia, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Malta, Malaysia, Venezuela, and Portugal.
~~Celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8~~
~~Published on May 29, 2013~~
June 8th is World Oceans Day!
Oceans are the life support system of our planet. Oceans regulate our climate. They provide the majority of our oxygen. The oceans are a global resource that we all rely upon.
This video was produced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs in May 2013. The featured speaker is Philippe Cousteau, president and co-founder of Earthecho International.
~~Celebrate World Oceans Day! June 8th ~~
~~Published on Apr 23, 2015~~