The oceans are essential to food security and the health and survival of all life, power our climate and are a critical part of the biosphere. The official designation of World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans.
World Oceans Day is an opportunity every year to honour the world's oceans, celebrate the the oceans marine life well as products it provides. A time to appreciate its value and learn about global pollution and over-consumption of fish that have resulted in drastically reduced population numbers of many species.
The Ocean Project, working in partnership with the World Ocean Network, has been promoting WOD with its network of over 1,200 organisations and others throughout the world. These groups have been working to build greater awareness of the crucial role of the ocean in our lives and the important ways people can help. World Oceans Day provides an opportunity to get directly involved in protecting our future, through a new mindset and personal and community action and involvement – beach cleanups, educational programs, art contests, film festivals, sustainable seafood events, and other planned activities help to raise consciousness of how our lives depend on the oceans.
"World Oceans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of oceans to humankind’s sustainable development. It is also a time to recognise the many severe challenges related to oceans. "
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message on World Oceans Day
8 June 2011http://worldoceansday.org/