Tomorrow, June 8th is the United Nations’ designated World Oceans Day.
“The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods” is the theme for this year. The UN will also be announcing a decade of challenges to get the Sustainable Development Goal 14, “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources”, by 2030.
Some quick facts about the ocean provided by the UN:
- The ocean is home to most of the earth’s biodiversity
- 50% of the planet’s oxygen is produced by the ocean
- The main source of protein for more than a billion people comes from the ocean
If you live near an ocean, there are clean-up brigades, art exhibits, lectures, and some recreational activities for you to enjoy during this celebration week.
If the ocean is not accessible to you, you can still join in. There are numerous online events available so that you can participate remotely. Here is a sampling:
The Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab will introduce you to the four key habitats of coastal Alabama at 3 PM Central Time (DST UTC -05:00) https://www.facebook.com/disealabEstuarium
You can download a free ebook for children, Save the Ocean by Bethany Stahl, at this site: https://worldoceanday.org/event/free-save-the-ocean-ebook/
Participate in a Q&A about the Sonoran Sea with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Yes, that is a desert museum talking about the ocean! Can’t wait to find out what that is about. It’s at 8:00 AM Mountain Standard Time (MST UTC -07:00). https://www.facebook.com/desertmuseum
The United Nations is also putting on a scientifically star-studded day-long virtual event. You can learn more about that here: https://oceanic.global/projects/united-nations-world-oceans-day-2021/
I will be sampling from all of these offerings. I hope you will too! Most of these also have an on-demand feature so if you miss the original broadcast you catch it as you have time.