Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Hooray for World Oceans Day!

The countdown to World Oceans Day begins! June 8, 2009 marks the 13th Annual World Oceans Day. The celebration began in 1992 when the concept was created, and in 2009 it was given official designation by the United Nations. World Oceans Day is an opportunity to celebrate our world’s oceans and the personal connection each one of us shares with the sea. The Ocean Project and the World Ocean Network coordinated together to make this year’s celebration special.

World Oceans Day encourages people to change their perspective and think about what the oceans mean to them, learn about creatures and habitats that rest in the seas, and become caretakers of the ocean by making small modifications to their daily lives. The day also gives people the opportunity to celebrate the ocean!

Why should we celebrate World Oceans Day? Oceans make up 70% of the planet’s surface. The world’s ocean also generates most of the oxygen we breathe, cleans the water we drink, and helps feed us. It also helps regulate the climate. The calming sea also provides inspiration for people all over the world.

In an effort to promote World Oceans Day, the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s blog will focus on ocean related topics until June 8.
*Picture and information from The Ocean Project

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