June 8th is World Oceans Day!


Today is World Oceans Day, which has been celebrated on June 8th since its original proposal in 1992 by Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. This year’s theme is “Youth: the Next Wave for Change”.

Here are some nifty facts about our world’s oceans:

-50 to 70 percent of the oxygen we breathe comes from the ocean. That’s more than every one of the world’s rain forests combined.

-The ocean is the #1 source of protein for more than a billion people. Sea life provides one fifth of the average person’s animal protein intake.

-The ocean regulates our climate, absorbs carbon dioxide, holds 97% of Earth’s water, and supports the greatest abundance of life on our planet.

But there are some serious problems, for example:

-discarded plastic bags and other trash have formed a toxic “plastic soup” that is gathering in five massive ocean gyres around the world. As the plastic breaks down, it is eaten by sea animals, birds, and fish, causing illness and death. It eventually enters our diets, too.

-our oceans account for 71% of the planet, but less than 2% of our oceans are protected. We have protections in place for nearly 12% of all land (through areas like national parks).

For information on cool events and ideas about how you can help protect our oceans, visit:
http://worldoceansday.org/
http://www.un.org/en/events/oceansday
http://www.nature.org/World-Oceans-Day
http://www.oneworldoneocean.org/pages/why-the-ocean
http://www.care2.com/causes/june-8-is-world-oceans-day-video.html#ixzz1xD6DZr3h

“Sea” you later!

Energetically, Diane Tegarden

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3 thoughts on “June 8th is World Oceans Day!

  1. This is the perfect webpage for everyone who really wants to find out about this topic. You realize a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you (not that I actually will need to�HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a subject that has been discussed for ages. Wonderful stuff, just great!

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  2. Over 71% of the Earth’s surface is composed of the world’s oceans. Over 97% of the planet’s water is in the oceans. Today, June 8 is World Ocean’s Day, a day meant to celebrate and dedicate ourselves to protecting our oceans and their health. The idea of dedicating this day to the oceans put forward in a proposal by Canada in 1992 at the Earth Day Summit in Rio de Janiero. By December, 2008, a United Nations resolution proposed that World Oceans Day be celebrated on June 8. World Oceans Day is a day of awareness, however the whole year provides us with many opportunities to not only increase our awareness but also to act to preserve and improve the health of our oceans.

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