Today is World Ocean Day

June 8th is World Oceans Day (WOD), an international day of awareness sponsored by The Ocean Project and The World Ocean Network, which challenges people around the world to view ocean protection as a way of life, 365 days a year.
According to their website, The Ocean Project and the World Ocean Network have helped to promote and coordinate World Oceans Day events worldwide since 2002 with aquariums, zoos, museums, conservation organizations, universities, schools and businesses.
On June 11 every year, people around the world don a red cap in honor of beloved ocean ambassador and conservationist Jacques Yves Cousteau.
Aquariums across the country are celebrating World Oceans Day in partnership with Dr. Seuss’s classic “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.”
This year’s theme is “Youth: the Next Wave for Change,” and focuses on youth outreach to spread awareness and effect lasting change.
In addition to providing limitless inspiration, the world’s ocean generates most of the oxygen we breathe, provides food, regulates our climate, cleans the water we drink and offers us a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines.
It is up to each one of us to help ensure that our ocean is protected and conserved for future generations.
Every global citizen has responsibilities and opportunities for improving the health of our shared ocean. This year, make positive changes in your own life that will also benefit the ocean.
The Ocean Project awareness campaign, “Wear Blue, Tell Two,” encourages the public to wear blue clothing to raise awareness for ocean conservation and take the time to share two ocean conservation facts with someone in their community.
Here are two messages you can share:
. Our ocean has a great wealth of diverse kinds of life but it is in trouble. Climate change has already been linked to the killing of coral reefs. There has been a dramatic decline in many types of fish and sea life we depend on today.
• There are important and easy actions each of us can take to help. Calculating our carbon footprints and looking for ways to reduce our role in climate change is a great step.
The ocean has been long mischaracterized as immune to harm by humans. It’s up to us to dispel this myth and keep the ocean healthy.
Visit http://www.worldoceansday.org for more information on how you can help.

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