Welcome to the international community’s online resource for World Oceans Day, our planet’s biggest celebration of the ocean. Explore this site for ideas, resources, and information about how you can get involved.
Thanks again to the thousands of people worldwide who celebrated World Oceans Day with us on and around June 8th – you truly honored the theme of TOGETHER we have the power to protect the ocean!
In addition to over 600 events held by individuals, organizations, businesses, and government, the conversation online grew significantly. Compared to last year, the volume of social media chatter about World Oceans Day grew by 85% in 2013. New this year, people around the globe made Ocean Promises – hundreds of you made a promise — both at home and at World Oceans Day events in your communities — to help the ocean. Click here to see some of the promises!
For next year, we look forward to working more closely with you to encourage even more communities to celebrate the ocean and take action to protect it. We’re also constantly striving to improve our coordination of the event in all countries and all languages. If you’re interested in helping us translate and produce content that is culturally relevant please contact Alyssa Isakower, Coordinator for World Oceans Day.
Thanks also to World Oceans Day partners and supporters this year – especially the World Ocean Network for spreading the word and to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the educators at AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums who helped put together the AZA Educator Activity Kit, which was downloaded over 500 times! Big thanks to Jaime Stricker at Bramble Park Zoo, Magen Sier at Riverbanks Zoo, Melody Wood at San Antonio Zoo, Rhonda Beitman at Lion Country Safari, Teresa Randall at Oklahoma City Zoo, Caroline Jones at Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park, Ann Money at Oklahoma Aquarium, and Melanie Nelson at Shedd Aquarium.
We’re also extremely grateful for the support of Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, ARKive, One World One Ocean, and Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. These organizations have donated time, amazing skills, and/or funds to support the continued growth of World Oceans Day.
Here are just a few of the great events held in celebration of World Oceans Day. There were many amazing events to choose from! The unique perspective that each community shares with the world on June 8th is truly inspirational Three is also a special section on zoos, aquariums and museums engaging their visitors for conservation action – we believe these organizations are on the cutting edge of bringing about real changes for ocean protection and conservation! Continue reading: (more…)