Oceans cover over 70 percent of the earth’s surface and are the lifeblood of our planet, and yet destructive practices by humans have had a devastating effect on them over the last several decades.
World Ocean Day, which takes place this Saturday [8th June], aims to protect, conserve and celebrate the world’s oceans. It raises awareness of dangerous practices and encourages people to take action to reduce the impact of marine pollution, destructive fishing practices, and the increased temperatures and acidity caused by climate change.
There are 841 recognised events across the world this year. These include litter picking on beaches, educational talks, special zoo or aquarium exhibits, film screenings, competitions and fundraisers.
Closest to the Euromarine office in Broadstairs is the 'Cliffs, Caves & Castles' World Ocean Day Walk. This is a walk and talk with Tony Child of the Thanet Coast Project around the coastline of Botany Bay and Kingsgate Bay, which incorporates a discussion of citizen science projects such as the recording of marine life on the Kent coast.
There is a particular focus on engaging with younger people – the World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council help to provide new ideas, perspectives and recommendations every year.
Events are held all over the world, and you can find details of the events nearest you by clicking here.