WORLD OCEAN DAY
8 June & Beyond
One Future - Together
World Ocean Day is an annual global celebration of our ocean that takes place every 8 June.
World Ocean Day raises the profile of the ocean, connects people worldwide, and inspires continuing action year-round to protect and restore our ocean.
Leading scientists worldwide have determined a healthy ocean is a critical part of the solution to the climate and biodiversity crises, and that protecting at least 30% of our lands, waters, and ocean by 2030 (30x30) is necessary to give the planet a chance to recover and protect millions of species from extinction.
By supporting 30×30, together we can protect our planet’s life support systems – specifically the interconnected issues of ocean, climate, and biodiversity. Currently, less than 17% of land and 8% of the ocean worldwide is protected.
Sharing our opinions matter
Decision makers at the local, national, and international level have the power to protect more nature, and, together, we have the power to show them why 30x30 needs to be a top priority.
Use the QR code below to select your top 3 reasons to protect our lands, waters, and oceans:
- stabilise the climate
- align with my spirituality/faith/religion
- provide jobs and support livelihoods
- provide places for rest/relaxation/recovery
- conserve Earth's natural beauty
- help animals and plants thrive
- support recreational activities
- ensure the health and survival of future generations
A great way to create awareness is by getting involved in a Coastal or Inland Cleanup.
- Raise awareness about the damage being done
- to our environment by plastic pollution
- Help people take responsibility
- Reduce the amount of plastic pollution that reaches the ocean or harms wildlife
- Bring the problem of plastic pollution to the forefront of people’s minds
How cleanups have an impact
- Unite a community
- Help the environment and remove plastic pollution Protect wildlife by keeping their habitat free of harmful plastic
- Raise awareness of the negative effects of plastic pollution
- Inspire the community and its members to continue to make changes in their everyday lives
- to prevent plastic pollution and help with solutions
If you want to host an event, it is important to check the laws in your region about hosting events, you may need a permit or some sort of official document to state that you are allowed to host an event in a public area. Consult local parks and recreation offices or your local police station, depending on where your cleanup will take place, to check if you need any of these documents when choosing a location.
Do your research and promote your event. Stay safe and dispose of the collected litter responsibly. Apps like Litterati allow you document data of what is collected, and found in what location. Before and After photos help promote and encourage your work, and don't forget to celebrate your efforts!
A wonderful guide produced by World Oceans Day at https://worldoceanday.org/resource-type/action-guides/ gives great useful advice on how to get involved, and to hold a successful clean up.
Get involved and help look after our ocean!
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