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World Oceans Day 2017

World Oceans Day 2017

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World Oceans Day is held on June 8th each year. It's purpose is to help us to better understand and celebrate the Earth's oceans.

Our Oceans, Our Future

This year's theme is Our Oceans, Our Future. The main conservation focus for 2017 will be on plastic pollution prevention and cleaning the ocean of marine litter.

The Ocean Project has promoted and coordinated events for this annual celebration since 2002, and the United Nations first recognized World Oceans Day in 2008.

World Oceans Day is officially recognized by the United Nations, and has become an annual celebration on 8 June as well as a call for ocean conservation action throughout the year.

The event brings together aquariums, zoos, museums, schools and universities, businesses, organizations and other groups, including divers, surfers, sailors, communities of faith, governments, the maritime industry and the tourism and recreational industry.

What Can I Do?

World Oceans Day Less Plastic Please!

There are a number of campaigns which you can take part in to improve the oceans and to promote the conservation of the oceans.

  1. Better Bag Challenge. The challenge is to promise not take any disposable plastic bags for a whole year. Take a better bag instead!
  2. Organise a World Oceans Day Event Clean up a beach, put on an art exhibition, have a festival, fair or party.
  3. Take a Selfie for the Sea Ask people at your event to make a public promise to help protect the ocean, and share it with a “Selfie for the Sea” so the world can see how they are taking action!
  4. Ocean Themed Activities for World Oceans Day has some great ideas on how to celebrate World Oceans Day with kids.

In 2016, over 100 countries celebrated World Oceans Day and the effort expanded to engage more youth worldwide through the creation of a World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council. The council includes 11 young people (ages 14 - 22) from 11 countries across Asia, Australia/Oceania, Africa, Europe, North America, and the Caribbean.

World Oceans Day 8th June 2017

For more information about World Oceans Day, and to find out about events near you, visit worldoceansday.org.

Related: Which Plastics Can You Actually Recycle?

About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.

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