World Oceans Day is 8 June

Lectures Readings and Films

Photo Credit: Virgin Islands Coral Reef
Preservation Initiative


Screen ocean-themed movies, cartoons, and documentaries followed by a discussion. Check out this list of environmental documentaries like Food Inc and Planet Ocean, or this list of green kid movies. For shorter videos, check out The Story of Stuff website or Acid Test, a film about ocean acidification. Short ocean TED talks can be found here

Learn more bout plastic pollution with a film screening of A Plastic Ocean! The film is an epic global adventure following a documentary filmmaker and a world record free-diver as they travel the earth discovering the shocking impact plastic is having on our oceans and the marine animals that live there.

The Smog of the Sea provides a new perspective on the once pristine oceans, and makes an artful call to action for rethinking the scourge of the sea — single use plastic. Run time: 30 minutes. Download screening kit

Undersea noise pollution is invisible, but it is damaging the web of ocean life. Help bring awareness to the increasing problem of ocean noise by hosting a screening of the film SONIC SEA this June 8th for World Oceans Day! Please send an email to sonicsea@filmsprout.org or visit the website (sonicsea.org) for more information.

Photo Credit: Institute of Oceanography and
Environmental Studies, University
Malaysia Terengganu

Public Lectures

Sponsor a public lecture about the ocean by a prominent environmental leader, educator or  scientist. Focus the lecture topic around this year’s World Oceans Day theme, ocean health, or a specific local issue of interest. Be sure to host a forum, talk-back, or Q&A afterwards to encourage lasting community involvement.

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Host a book reading (and afterwards a signing) with local authors who have written about the ocean. Local bookstores  should be able to give you leads on who to contact in your area. Book clubs are also a great source of author information- check out Reader’s Circle to connect with local book clubs. Alternatively, gather volunteers to read an ocean book of your choosing such as: 

World Oceans Day children's book by Samantha Mackiewicz

Blue Mind by Wallace J. Nichols

Plastic Ocean by Charles Moore

Ocean Soul by Brian Skerry

World Without Fish by Mark Kurlansky

Sea Change by Sylvia Earle

The Youth Guide To The Ocean by Youth and United Nations Global Alliance

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