May 15th 2009
Celebrating World Oceans Day
Dear Editor, June 8th of every year marks the official, U.N.-sanctioned celebration of World Oceans Day and thousands of leading aquariums, zoos, museums, conservation organizations, Picnic Bay Coast Care, Rick Braly Aquasearch, NQDry Tropics, NQCC, MWP, The Turtle Foundation and individuals of Magnetic Island and around the world will celebrate with fun, inspirational, and educational events.
The concept of a “World Ocean Day” was first proposed in 1992 by the Government of Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro as a way for organizations and individuals from around the world to celebrate our world ocean and our personal connection to the sea, as well as to raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives and the important ways people can help to protect it.
Every year thousands around the world celebrate World Oceans Day with fun, inspirational and educational events. This year, celebrations will draw attention to the fact that the ocean and climate are inextricably linked. The ocean plays a crucial role in maintaining the Earth’s climate, and coral reefs, fish, marine mammals, and other ocean life are vulnerable to warmer, more acidic, and rising waters caused by climate change.
This year, World Oceans Day will draw attention to the impact climate change is having on ocean life. The ocean and climate are inextricably linked – the ocean plays a crucial role in maintaining the Earth’s climate, and life in the ocean is vulnerable to warmer, more acidic and rising waters caused by climate change. Scientists are recording record coral reef die-offs and are worried about the future survival of these treasured ecosystems, salmon populations are disappearing from their historical ranges, invasive species and diseases are spreading into new waters, and marine mammals continue to face decreased food supplies. As humans depend on a healthy ocean, these changes will affect our lives as well.
Widespread celebration of World Oceans Day and personal action for our blue planet is critical at a time when the health of our ocean is in serious danger. So join the celebration with friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues!
Visit www.WorldOceansDay.org to find an event near you or get ideas for planning your own celebration.
Barbara J Gibbs
Picnic Bay Coast Care
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