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June 8th is World Oceans Day

Oceans Day, June 8th, is a time to remember the life-giving role of oceans worldwide. This international celebration, declared a decade ago at the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, has grown from a ripple into a tidal wave of awareness about ocean health.

There are four main objectives to World Oceans Day:

  • It is a chance to change perspective – encouraging individuals to think about what the sea means to them and what it has to offer.
  • It is a chance to learn – many people do not realize the wealth of diverse and beautiful creatures and habitats which are found in the sea, and how our actions affect them.
  • It is a chance to alter our ways – people can be encouraged to become caretakers of our seas and to conserve them for the future.
  • It is a chance to celebrate – whether you live inland or on the coast you can organize or participate in events focusing upon our seas.

What can you do to commemorate Oceans Day?

You and your community can commemorate Oceans Day in many ways:

  • Learn all you can. Read, surf the web and experience the ocean directly.
  • Be a smart shopper. Ask grocery stores and restaurants about the source of their seafood.
  • Conserve the water. Be careful when washing your car or watering your lawn.
  • Reduce household pollutants. Cut down and properly dispose of herbicides, pesticides and cleaning products.
  • Reduce waste. Dispose of trash properly. Where possible, recycle, reuse and compost.
  • Reduce automobile pollution. Use fuel efficient vehicles or carpool. Recycle motor oil and repair oil and air conditioning leaks.
  • Protect ocean wildlife. Don’t dispose of fishing lines, nets or plastic items in or near the water.
  • Be considerate of sea life habitats. Don’t bother sea birds, mammals and turtles or their nesting grounds. Support marine protected areas.
  • Get involved. Take part in a beach cleanup or other ocean-oriented activities.
  • Care! Pass on your knowledge!
Cliff Etzel
Cliff Etzel
Cliff is the former Freediving editor of He is now a freelance journalist and film-maker.