Happy World Ocean Day!

World_ocean_dayWhy Should I Celebrate World Ocean Day?

Well, because the world's ocean:

  • Generates most of the oxygen we breathe
  • Regulates our climate
  • Cleans the water we drink
  • Offers us a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines


Yet for too long, we’ve taken the world's ocean for granted.

Now we can give back!

Take part in World Ocean Day events and activities this year and help protect our ocean for the future!
It's up to each one of us to help ensure that our ocean is protected and conserved for future generations.

World Ocean Day gives us a chance to:

  • Change perspective - encourage individuals to think about what the
    ocean means to them and what it has to offer all of us with hopes of
    conserving it for present and the future generations.
  • Learn - discover the wealth of diverse and beautiful ocean creatures
    and habitats, how our daily actions affect them, and how we are all
  • Change our ways - we are all connected to the ocean! By taking care
    of your backyard, you are acting as a caretaker of our ocean. Making
    small modifications to your everyday habits will greatly benefit our
    blue planet.
  • Celebrate - whether you live inland or on the coast we are all
    connected to the ocean; take the time to think about how the ocean
    affects you, and how you affect the ocean, and then organize or
    participate in activities that celebrate our world ocean.

How can you celebrate world ocean day?

Here at IFAW were working to protect an amazing array of marine life
found in our oceans.  We lobby for governments to take action on
climate change and it’s impact on animals such as the Polar Bear. We’re
working to protect whales from harmful ocean noise pollution,
entanglements in fishing gear, collisions with ships, and even
commercial hunting. Take a look at what you can do to protect the
oceans, and all the marine life within. Maybe sign a petition to create
a sanctuary for whales, or tell the UN to make World Ocean Day official.  There are lots of cool things you can do to protect the oceans, click here for a list of 2008 events. 

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