Celebrate World Oceans Day June 8

May 26, 2009

Visitors will learn about the seven C’s of ocean conservation

The Oregon Coast Aquarium will celebrate World Oceans Day Monday, June 8, with a day of activities to increase awareness about our oceans and its creatures. The day will include scuba dive presentations, face painting, an ocean craft, and a presentation in the theater about climate change and the wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula. In addition, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Surfrider Foundation will offer information about their organizations and what they do to protect the ocean.

As of 2009, World Oceans Day has been officially designated by the United Nations as June 8 each year, a significant step in conserving and protecting our oceans. The Ocean Project, working with the World Ocean Network, coordinates events and activities to promote ocean literacy in collaboration with aquariums, museums and zoos.

The Ocean Project challenges people to take the Seven C’s Pledge for ocean conservation; 1) Commit to making a difference, 2) Conserve at home, 3) Consume consciously 4) Communicate interest and concerns, 5) Challenge ourselves daily, 6) Connect to community and 7) Celebrate our ocean. For more information, visit the Ocean Project website at www.theoceanproject.org.

This year’s theme for World Oceans Day, “One Ocean, One Climate, One Future,” emphasizes the fact that whether we live inland or on the coast, we are all connected to the ocean. World Oceans Day celebrates that connection by recognizing how the ocean generates most of the oxygen we breathe, helps feed us, regulates our climate, cleans the water we drink, offers us many potential medicines and provides limitless inspiration.

The intent of World Oceans Day is to encourage us to change our perspective by thinking about what the ocean means to us, learn about how our daily actions affect the ocean’s creatures and their habitats. It is a day to think about ways we can make small changes to our everyday habits that will make a big impact on the marine environment.

World Oceans Day Activities

  • All Day - Seas the Day action tips on how you can make a difference
  • All Day - Examples of marine debris (garbage) and the impact on marine life
  • 10 am to 4 pm - World Oceans Day craft for kids
  • 10 am to 4 pm - Information tables in the lobby
  • 10 am to 4 pm - Ocean craft in the Gleason Room
  • 11 am - Dive presentation in the Open Sea exhibit
  • 11:30 am to 2:30 pm - Face painting in the Entrance to Passages of the Deep
  • 2 pm - Dive Presentation in the Open Sea exhibit
  • 3 pm - Michael Harte, OSU Professor, will present “A Tale of Two Penguins: Climate Change and the Wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula” in the Aquarium Theater