From Blue Ocean Planet
Liverpoools World Ocean Day (WOD) organised by Jen Cooper, was one of the first of such events to be held in Liverpool to raise awareness about the oceans.
These events are crucial to raising awareness about the plight of our marine ecosystems, especially for the benefit of children. We cant underplay anymore the state of our oceans due to overfishing, deep sea oil drilling, and ever increasing amounts of plastic entering our seas. The facts need to be conveyed to the public and our children so we can take more care and take steps to do our own little bit to reduce our impacts on the oceans. In the past decade, fish stocks have been depleted and huge plastic islands called Gyres now exist in the oceans, where samples of sea water contain 6 times more plastic than plankton. We need to address these problems, and work together.
Several organisations attended, including Wildlife Trust, Sea Watch, Blue Ocean Planet and Liverpool Museums. Wildlife Trust had a wonderful interactive game to teach children about local habitats and species, Liverpool Museums had a display of rockpool species. There was face painting and videos of local porpoise filmed at the mouth of the Mersey. The activities gave a good overview of local marine life and wider global issues. We were encouraged to talk to so many interested parents, who signed our 'ban shark fin soup' petition and 'ban the plastic bag' petition. The children helped paint a dolphin and signed their names as part of a campaign that aims to establish a Southern Atlantic Whale Sanctuary, where cetaceans would be protected from hunting. Blue Ocean Planet feels that more events like these should be held on a regular basis.
We enjoyed the day, despite heavy rain later in the day and feel encouraged to meet other organisations and undergraduates who all share a passion for the marine world, which we hope to pass onto other people, so we can hopefully become a more aware community about just how crucial it is to protect our oceans and manage them sustainably.
I think more events should be held.
Blue Ocean Planet.
The National Museums Liverpool
At the beginning of June aquarium team headed down to Liverpool One with some of our more outgoing animals to celebrate World Oceans Day. Passers by had the chance to get up close to our rock pool animals and even touch some of them!
The ocean-loving people from The University of Liverpool, The Marine Conservation Society and The Wildlife Trust were also on hand, to name but a few. Despite the weather it was a great day with arts and crafts, face-painting and a heap of activities all free and great for kids. The event was full of passionate and knowledgeable people.
People all over the world get together every year for this international event to highlight and celebrate our oceans. Not only are our oceans full of amazing creatures, they are vital for life itself. Life started from the oceans and the majority of the oxygen we breathe comes from algae in the oceans. The weather and climate is regulated by our oceans. It was great to meat so many people to celebrate the ocean and talk about the wildlife in our waters.
The Sea Watch Foundation
The Marine Stewardship Council
Part of an international day of celebration of the marine environment, World Ocean Day events are aimed at raising awareness of pressing issues facing our oceans and all that live in them. It was a free public event with involvement from local, national and international organisations. To fund the event a mammoth 24 hour climb at a local indoor climbing wall was undertaken. The fundraiser saw Jen (organiser) and three others climb 22km, the distance to the deepest part of the ocean and back. In addition to this The University of Liverpool School of Environmental Sciences kindly offered to produce and print out posters and flyers, helped to raise funds and also aided in the search for volunteers, who with over 15 different organizations involved and nine there on the day helped the event run smoothly.
The week running up to the event was wet with a high chance the day may be a complete wash out. The morning of the 8th did little to arrest concerns about the weather but we just ignored the gale force wind warnings and went ahead with the planned activities. After erecting the twelve farmers market style stalls Liverpool World Oceans Day was up and running, with people arriving even before set up had finished. The theme for World Oceans Day 2012 was youth so not surprisingly most of the stalls hosted a wealth of children’s activities. With touch tanks, fishing games, art projects, fin identification games, face painting and mermaids, the children didn’t seem to care how bad the weather was. It was a pleasure to see kids wanting to learn and in some cases already knowing a great deal about the marine environment. It was not all for the kids though, there was plenty of information for the adults and whilst their children were entertained painting Blue Whales they were learning too. The day triumphed over high winds and flying stalls, with those involved suggesting it become an annual event for Liverpool. Hopefully, with help from the next generation of Marine Biology Students, this may be possible.
Thanks to ALL those who were involved.