World Oceans Day has been celebrating the ocean on June 8th every year since 2002. And while Covid-19 and social distancing are changing how we recognize our blue planet this year, the need for action is perhaps more important than ever.
For 2020, World Oceans Day is growing the global movement to call on world leaders to protect 30% of the world’s ocean by 2030 – a campaign called 30×30. By safeguarding a least 30% of our ocean through a network of highly protected areas we can help ensure a healthy home for both marine and human life.
“We are delighted by the number of global events taking place this year” said Jeff Demain, World Oceans Day Manager. “The range of online actions is compelling. Where safe, there are also a number of beach cleanups around the globe. The key conservation message of protecting 30% of our land and ocean by 2030 is being carried far and wide in this year’s network.”
With the special emphasis on digital, the World Oceans Day social media hashtags of #WorldOceansDay and #ProtectOurHome have been well received. Added to this are the online petition signing for the preservation of 30% of the planet, and the World Oceans Day social media assets. All resources are available for the global network to shine the spotlight on the ocean.
The World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council, with 24 members from 20 countries, provides new perspectives, ideas and recommendations for rallying the world for our ocean. Council members help shape the development of World Oceans Day by inspiring actions. “Taking action to protect our ocean is not a one-time thing, it is our everyday responsibility, because like Dr. Sylvia Earle said- ‘No water, no life; no blue, no green’” said Toluwanimi Olubanke, Council member from Nigeria.
On World Oceans Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honor our ocean, which connects us all. Get together with your family, friends, community, and millions of others around our blue planet to start creating a better future.
By working together, we can — and will — protect and restore our shared ocean. Join this growing global celebration on 8 June with continuing engagement year-round!