World Oceans Day

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World Oceans Day

The World Oceans Day has been celebrated every 8 June since 1992 after it was originally proposed by Canada in at the Earth Summit. Even so, it wasn’t until 2008 that the United Nations officially recognised it and, since then, the Ocean Project has internationally coordinated it with greater and global participation every year. This annual observation is meant to celebrate our world’s shared ocean and our personal connection to the sea, as well as to raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives and the important way people can help protect it.

The celebration consists of numerous events held around the world. In 2010, the Ocean project counted more than 300 events in 45 countries. Between these events, we can find photo contests, fossil haunting walks, demonstrations and concerts. Every World Oceans Day has a theme assigned, being this year’s theme ÒHealthy oceans, healthy planetÓ. The reason for this theme is that, unfortunately, human pressures are taking a significant toll one the world’s oceans and seas.

The World Oceans Day has gained reputation and importance over the years. An example of this is this yearÕs World Oceans Day Oceanic Photo Competition’s winning images, which can be appreciated at

http://www.un.org/Depts/los/wod/Winners_2nd_WOD_Photo_Contest.html

By Gabriel Jimenez Perera

Student at CET Services