June 8th is World Oceans Day

The concept for a “World Ocean Day” was first proposed in 1992 by the Government of Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. As a result of a United Nations General Assembly resolution passed in December 2008, World Oceans Day is now officially recognized by the UN as June 8th each year.

Since 2002, The Ocean Project has promoted and coordinated this event. We work in partnership with hundreds of organizations and networks, including aquariums, zoos, museums, recreational interest groups, governments, conservation organizations, universities, schools, businesses and many others, including the World Ocean Network and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Each year an increasing number of countries and organizations mark June 8th as an opportunity to celebrate our world ocean and our personal connection to the sea.

Together with World Ocean Network, we developed and widely circulated a petition to the United Nations urging them to officially recognize World Oceans Day. With help from our partner organizations, we circulated the petition far and wide for several years leading up to 2008. Tens of thousands of people from all parts of the world signed online or paper copies of the petition.

Official recognition of World Oceans Day by the United Nations provided an important boost to those organizations and individuals who have been deeply committed to ocean conservation and is another important step toward improving the health of our world’s ocean.

Now we need your help to grow this event and its positive impact. We hope you will be involved in planning or participating in a World Oceans Day celebration near you!

Please visit the rest of the World Oceans Day website to list your event, get celebration ideas, access the media and outreach kit, and more.