We are aware that approximately 70 percent area of the Planet Earth is covered by oceans and almost 90 percent of the world trade is through sea routes by ships as a means of transportation. It is sad to note that global awareness to protect the oceans are lacking.
To create global awareness, the concept of observing World Ocean Day on June 08, was initiated on June 08, 1992 during the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For the last 16 years World Ocean Day is being celebrated unofficially as the United Nations (UN) has failed to formally designate June 08 as World Ocean Day every year. Due to non recognition by the UN, this year events to celebrate World Ocean Day have not drawn the right global media attention.
The Ocean Project and the World Ocean Network are collecting signatures to a petition to be presented to the UN asking them to designate June 08th as World Ocean Day. Sign a petition here to tell the United Nations to officially declare June 08 as “World Ocean Day!”
Some of the responses on World Ocean Day 2008, are here at greenpeace, canada , ocean conservancy, adaywithoutplastic, birdsonthebay, marine institute. In celebration of World Ocean Day Crème de la Mer is making a donation of USD 100,000 to Oceana. Also here is a video clip on World Ocean Day.
Here are 10 Things You Can Do to Save the Oceans.
Update: June 10
Here is an interesting post from gcaptain on World Ocean Day.
Here are some related posts on the oceans.
- International coastal cleanup by Ocean Conservancy
- Plastics are a Threat or No threat to marine environment
- In the oceans underwater noise pollution is as harmful as oil pollution
- How humans turn blue oceans to red oceans
- International Year Of the Reef: IYOR 2008
- How global warming impacts marine environment
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