- World Oceans Day (WOD) is celebrated every June 8th to honor oceans. It brings awareness to ocean protection. It also celebrates products of the ocean (i.e. seafood and marine life).
- The Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education and the California Coastal commission started this annual event in Los Angeles in 1994.
- WOD was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2008.
- Many events are held around the world to observe World Oceans Day. Events include photo contests, fossil hunting walks, concerts and demonstrations.
- A different theme is assigned for the day each year. The 2012 theme is “Youth: the Next Wave for Change.”
- Oceans cover nearly 71 percent of our earth.
- Oceans help feed us, generate much of the oxygen we breathe, clean our drinking water, regulate our climate, and provide us with medicine.
- Over $500 billion of the world’s economy is linked to ocean-based industries like shipping and tourism.
- Oceans regulate the global climate and ensure that vital nutrients are cycled throughout the biosphere.
- Overfishing, habitat destruction, global warming, and pollution are threatening the diversity of life in oceans.
- Reducing carbon pollution from power stations and vehicle exhausts can slow global warming and help save our oceans.
What Can You Do?
- Mark a storm drain  to prevent ocean pollution.
- Take part in ways to fight climate change  (which hurts the ocean, duh).
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