World Oceans Day - “Our Ocean, Our Future”

June 7, 2017

World Oceans Day - “Our Ocean, Our Future”

Dive in with Jean-Michel and his team to celebrate World Oceans Day 2017! World Oceans Day events will be taking place worldwide, encouraging the protection of our oceans and the species that live and play there – including us.

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World Oceans Day has been celebrated every June 8th since its proposal in 1992 at the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. An annual conservation day, World Oceans Day both honors and aids in the protection of our ocean home. The theme for this year’s World Oceans Day is “Our Ocean, Our Future,” with a conservation emphasis on reduction of plastic pollution.

Oceans play a vital role in our everyday lives, providing over half the oxygen we breathe and providing food and various ecosystem services to communities across the globe. Ocean-based business and investment present well over $500 billion to the world’s economy, with more than half of the global population living within the coastal zone. Many people depend on the ocean, with one out of six jobs in the US as ocean related. As such a substantial resource, we must become better stewards of our global seas, protecting it for future generations to come.

Earlier this year, trash accumulation on the once pristine Henderson Island of the South Pacific went viral. With an area of only 14.4 square miles, the island is estimated to hold nearly 17.6 tons of debris. According to the National Academy of Sciences, every 1.98 seconds the world produces that amount of plastic. Many single use plastics end up in the great ocean Garbage Patches, and will continue to swirl around until they are removed or degrade into smaller and smaller pieces after hundreds to thousands of years in the aquatic environment. Each year, thousands of sea turtles, seabirds, seals and other marine mammals are killed following ingestion or entanglement in plastic. Ingested toxins from plastic debris further travel up the food chain, often threatening human health through bioaccumulation. All ecosystems are interconnected. You need to protect the ocean to protect yourself.

On this conservation day, events will be taking place worldwide to promote awareness and protection of our global oceans. Here in Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s Sea Center will be holding a World Oceans Day Festival. Click here to find an event near you!

World Oceans Day is the perfect day to come together to celebrate our oceans. With events on every continent excluding Antarctica, it is easy to catch the wave of action and join in the festivities.

There is untold beauty and inspiration on our ocean planet. We can all make a difference – by protecting and conserving all life on our water planet, for us now, and for generations to come.

We appreciate your loyalty and support. We depend on you, all of you, as a group of community members from around the world who are concerned about the health of our water planet. Please let your voices be heard.

Warm regards,

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Jean-Michel Cousteau, Protect the ocean and you protect yourself
President, Ocean Futures Society