We’re excited to announce our end-of-year crowdfunding campaign to support World Oceans Day! Our goal is make World Oceans Day bigger and better – in 2014 and beyond. Whether you’re able to contribute $1 or $1,000, every donation will help us increase the reach and impact of this annual day of celebration. Join us in our mission to create a healthy, thriving ocean that continues to connect people everywhere – from every country, culture, and creed across the planet. The funds we raise from this campaign will go towards growing the community and supporting the people who make this day possible – with free educational tools, personal support, a better website, and more.
June 8th is World Oceans Day – when thousands of people around the world celebrate and take action to create a healthier ocean for everyone. Last year’s World Oceans Day again was an inspiring experience. People around the world came together and took action for the ocean’s healthy future in a big way, with over 600 events in 70 different countries, held by aquariums, zoos, schools, businesses, local governments, moms, surfers, and so many more. These are people are reaching out in their own communities to do something to help protect the ocean and what it does for each one of us.
Even though many of us don’t see the ocean daily, the ocean affects us and we affect the ocean. Our actions help protect it and the animals that call the ocean home. World Oceans Day is an opportunity to create widespread action and discussion about what we each can DO to keep it healthy.
Your personal contribution will help support our community of event organizers, and build World Oceans Day into a bigger global rallying point for celebration and action; it will be an even better day to unify organizations and capture people’s imaginations around the world to create important changes, locally, nationally and internationally.
By supporting us with a gift for the ocean, we’ll be able to:
And much more. With your help, we can collectively grow this event into a real force for change. Thank you!
World Oceans Day 2013 was an inspiring experience. People around the world came together and took action for the ocean’s healthy future in a HUGE way, and I’m personally honored to have been a part of it. We’re planning for World Oceans Day 2014 and we want to make it an even bigger worldwide celebration than ever – but we need your help.
Coordinating this day is a big job, and we couldn’t do it without the help of our partners, volunteers, and supportive fans. Later this month we’ll be asking the community to join us in raising money for World Oceans Day 2014 as part of a crowdfunding campaign through the website WeDidIt. You can get involved too, by holding a Tidepool fundraiser of your own! Scroll down for more details.
No matter who you are: a surfer, a mom, a student, a small business owner, a diver, staff at a zoo or aquarium; if you love the ocean, you can do something to make the worldwide celebration better than ever this year.
- We’re holding an end-of-year giving campaign for World Oceans Day
- You can help by setting a goal to raise $250 – $500 from your family, friends, and social networks
- We’ll set you up with a personalized webpage and handle all the financial transactions, you just focus on sharing why the ocean needs our support
Sound like something you can help with? Fill in the form below and we’ll get in touch with you next month with more information, your webpage, and lots of creative ideas and resources for your campaign. Please share!
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…)
Thanks to everyone around who helped make this World Oceans Day better than ever! In the coming weeks, we’ll do a review of the many activities held and show the world just how great your hard work made this event.
Until then, we want to hear from you! How did your event go? Click here to fill out our form and send us photos.
Also – we’re collecting Ocean Promises from events and individuals worldwide. Check them out here. Please send us your promises if you have them, we’ll be collecting them all month (National Ocean Month in the US, by the way).
Thanks again everyone!
World Oceans Day is June 8th, and we’ve never seen the community so active and excited! It’s amazing to see such a massive response – this year is sure to be the best yet. We appreciate all the hard work from event organizers worldwide, and hope that everyone attending will have a great time. Check out our bustling social stream!
Even if you can’t make it to a World Oceans Day event near you, you can spread the word online. I wanted to share with you some of the cool activities going on this year and invite everyone to participate.
Check them out.First of all, a big thank you to the community for buying World Oceans Day t-shirts. We’ve reached our goal and the shirts will be printed! You can still buy a t-shirt, and the more t-shirts we sell, the more money will be raised for our coordination efforts.
Can’t buy a shirt? No problemo, sharing online doesn’t cost a thing! Here are some ways you can support us from the comfort of your computer.
Do the wave
We’re doing ~ the wave ~ across social media – join us. If you don’t know what the wave is, check out this video. You can join us via Thunderclap, or just make a post about World Oceans Day on social media and tag one friend. If they repost and tag a friend, ~ the wave ~ will spread across the globe. Click here to do the wave!
Make a promise for the ocean
We’re holding an Ocean Promise drive for World Oceans Day, and we can’t wait to see what you’re doing! Promise to do ONE thing for the ocean, and send us a photo or post on social media with the tag #WorldOceansDay. If you’re holding a World Oceans Day event, we also have some tips for collecting promises at your event.
Go on a virtual marine safari with ARKive
Learn about ocean wildlife and learn how to protect them on ARKive’s scavenger hunt for World Oceans Day. Then – learn how to protect them! If you have a computer at your event, this is a fun activity for kids.
ReefLive - This day-long event will take you on a guided underwater tour through one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef – all from the comfort of the computer. It’s taking place on June 7th, Australian time, definitely worth streaming at your event if you can.
Google+ Hangouts - The TerraMar Project is holding Google+ Hangouts all through this week, and the Online Ocean Symposium will have 3 Hangouts on June 8th itself. Tune in for experts and entertainment!
Thanks for celebrating with us, don’t hesitate to email us with any comments or questions.
With World Oceans Day a mere 2 weeks away, there are plenty of exciting things happening! We have two great ways for you to support and get involved with World Oceans Day:
We are running a World Oceans Day t-shirt drive. Help us reach our goal! The shirts are $20 plus shipping and we need to sell at least 75 reserved to get them printed. The more shirts we sell, the more money will go straight to coordinating future World Oceans Day celebrations.
They’re stylish and let you show your blue ocean pride – but they’re also responsibly made. Here are the details:
Eco: These shirts are 50% organic cotton, 50% Post-consumer P.E.T. recycled polyester. More info here.
Sizing: You can buy a women’s, men’s, or child size at checkout.
United States shipping $3.85 + $.25 for each additional t-shirt. Your shirt should arrive within 10-14 days from the end of the campaign.
Canada $7.50 + $1 for each additional t-shirt. Your shirt should arrive within 17-21 days from the end of the campaign.
International shipping is $10.50 + $1 for each additional t-shirt. Your shirt should arrive within 17-21 days from the end of the campaign.
Arrival: The campaign ends on June 12th, most shirts will arrive on June 26th, 2013.
Make a splash for World Oceans Day online and in your every day life – promise to change one habit for a healthier ocean! Take a photo and share your promise with us online.
We can’t wait to see what you’re doing – or planning to do – to help the ocean. World Oceans Day event organizers – visit this page for tips on how to ask for promises at your event.
Here’s what other people are doing:
This is part II in our series of posts about World Oceans Day events at zoos, aquariums, museums, and other visitor-serving organizations. Thanks to Lindzy Bivings of California Academy of Sciences for her insight and time editing this post.
One of our partners provides a great example of a daring – but informed – charge into making “asks.” California Academy of Sciences’ Institute on Conservation Education & Sustainability (ICES) program, led by Lindzy Bivings, has taken an exciting approach to experimenting with developing and deploying conservation asks.
ICES recently completed a 12-week pilot of their professional learning program, which is exploratory and collaborative. Educators at the facility focused on learning what they could from the literature on best practices in the field, then worked together to develop conservation education goals, and entered a rapid prototyping process where they quickly evaluated and altered on-the-ground tactics in response to interactions with guests. By working together, and being undeterred by the lack of a concrete framework, the participants made some great discoveries about what contributes to an effective ask.
Here are some tips shared by Lindzy Bivings which may assist you in making your own asks:
1. Do separate formative assessments to get a sense of visitors’ current knowledge and engagement. This will help identify what the visitors already know about an issue, and what they perceive as barriers and benefits to an action.
2. One-on-one or small group asks work best. A one-size-fits-all approach often doesn’t work, so have a few ways for people to quickly take action few asks up your sleeves so you can customize the solution as much as possible.
3.) Focus special events and asks on specific populations. Lindzy says: “For example, if we’re working with residents from San Francisco, we very rarely talk about plastic bag issues, because we have a plastic bag ban in the city. Likewise, if its folks from our Bayview District, we don’t spend too much time on how to use the city’s composting system because the housing projects in that area don’t get composting bins.”
4.) Allow visitors to participate in developing the ask, and making the commitment that’s right for their level of engagement/ability. When visitors partially persuade themselves, they are more likely to follow through. The ICES program was fairly large, about 20 educators participated in their pilot program, but the lessons they’ve learned are also applicable on a smaller scale. By treating making asks as an experimental learning process, institutions can begin a low-investment exploration into making high-impact asks in the future.
5.) Use cardboard and duct tape. Don’t be a perfectionist at first. There’s nothing more disappointing than spending hours upon hours on something only to discover that it doesn’t work. Exhibit developers know this, and so should educators. For help, check out Office Supply Ninja.
This is the first in our series of posts about World Oceans Day events at zoos, aquariums, museums, and other visitor-serving organizations.
There has been a trend in amongst zoos, aquariums, museums and other visitor-serving organizations with more institutions than ever making conservation asks of their guests. Aquariums in particular are leading the charge, but these “asks” can be tough to make.
“We always wrestle with an “action” taken by a visitor. Even though someone says they will do something does not mean they actually will. There hasn’t really been an effective method yet created for evaluating guest action without conducting pre and post surveys over several years.”
-Melody Wood, San Antonio Zoo
A “conservation ask” or “action recommendation” is something that a person can do in their everyday life to contribute to environmental protection or conservation. As organizations that focus on animals, zoos and aquariums, in particular, can engage their visitors in environmental protection or conservation. This focus on motivating visitors to take personal action is increasingly a core goal at zoos and aquariums. But how can we encourage more zoos and aquariums to make personal action recommendations?
The opportunity is there: visitor desire to take action to support conservation is activated by close contact with wildlife in an exciting zoo or aquarium setting. Research by The Ocean Project shows that visitors want recommendations for how they personally can take environmentally-friendly action to protect animals. In fact, visitors view getting this information as an integral part of a good visit!
Special events such as Earth Day and World Oceans Day provide perfect occasions to provide visitors with ways to help make a difference. Some zoos and aquariums, as well as other visitor serving organizations find this daunting. In my discussions with AZA educators, I hear often that many do not make a “conservation ask” of their visitors due to barriers such as lack of staff time – but another big deterrent is the lack of existing framework for ask development and evaluation.
So how do we navigate this space: where visitors want recommendations for how they can act to help the animals and the environment, but we don’t necessarily have a framework in place to develop and evaluate these “asks”? One option we encourage you to take is just dive in! In the next two installments of this series, we’ll take a look at how some partners in The Ocean Project network are making “asks” right now, and give you some concrete tips for making similar asks at your own institution.
A key aim of this series is to share knowledge with the community and to hear back from you about your own experiences, and how we can best help you. This is the beginning of a conversation – not the end! I encourage you to reply to this post, either by leaving a comment or sending me an email.
Stay tuned for Part II of this series next week.
Every Earth Day, people around the world make an effort to raise awareness for the environmental issues facing our planet. The vast majority of these events and actions are held on the ground – dry land covers just 30% of the planet, but many of us spend almost 100% of our time living on it. This Earth Day we ask you to consider the ocean, our planet’s unsung hero.
The ocean is the origin of life and its greatest champion. It covers 71% of our blue planet’s surface, and contains 99% of the habitat for all living creatures on Earth. One mouthful of ocean water can contain millions of bacterial cells, hundreds of thousands of phytoplankton and tens of thousands of zooplankton. Its inhabitants are world record holders: its Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on Earth; its blue whale is bigger than any dinosaur that ever walked on land.
Humans have explored less than 10% of the ocean; yet we use it to conduct 90% of our international trade and 50% of our communications. Unfortunately, 80% of marine pollution comes from human terrestrial activities. Research by The Ocean Project has found that almost half of Americans (~45%) believe ”what I do in my life doesn’t impact ocean health much at all.” Isn’t it time we give ocean conservation the recognition it deserves, and take responsibility for how our actions affect its health for future generations?
The ocean has always had a special place in our hearts, since the days of the first sailors it has been loved for its beauty and feared for its mystery and power. For many it seems so vast and eternal—how could humans possibly affect it? Unfortunately, this has resulted in an ocean which has been mistreated and public which doesn’t know it needs to be protected.
Increasingly, scientists and others are recognizing that our world’s ocean faces dire threats: from climate change and ocean acidification, to massive overfishing and habitat destruction from poor fishing practices, to pollution, including plastics, nutrients, and much more. One chilling report predicts the possible collapse of the global ocean food web by 2050 if present unsustainable impacts continue.
It is clear that the ocean’s future depends on a community which takes action for its protection. Take your ocean action beyond Earth Day and join us in highlighting the ocean in all its glory – celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8th.
For nine years we’ve been working to grow a movement dedicated to making a commitment to the ocean widespread through World Oceans Day; and the celebration is bigger than ever! This day of celebration and action is driven by people like you, who helped us convince the United Nations to officially recognize World Oceans Day as June 8th each year in 2008.
World Oceans Day is an awesome opportunity to not only raise awareness of the threats facing the ocean, but to take action to address those threats. You can learn more about how to plan your own event at http://WorldOceansDay.org/ideas.