World Oceans Day
Happy World Oceans Day, everyone!
From food, to weather, to biodiversity, to beauty, the ocean is unparalleled in its importance to humans and all life on Earth. In 2009, the United Nations designated June 8 as an international day to celebrate oceans and all they provide for us.
Here are some impressive ocean facts to get you inspired:
- Oceans cover 70% of the Earth's surface, and contain 97% of our planet's water.
- Oceans support the life of more than half of all Earth's species.
- Oceans provide food and income for hundreds of millions of people around the world.
But we humans have an odd way of thanking the oceans. Today, oceans worldwide face countless threats. Most recently, we've all been watching the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which is wrecking havoc on the region's marine life, as well as the livelihoods of many who live near the Gulf. Oceans are also being dangerously overfished, with some species, like bluefin tuna, rapidly approaching extinction.
Ocean ecosystems are severely threatened by climate change through the process of ocean acidification, which is impairing the ability of coral reefs, crustaceans, and other marine life to survive in increasingly acidic waters. These and many other threats mean that it is more important than ever to celebrate World Oceans Day--now, and every day.
How can we become better ocean stewards? Seacology's Scientific Advisor and ocean expert Sylvia Earle has some ideas. Winner of the 2009 TED prize, Sylvia's wish is that we "use all the means at our disposal - films, expeditions, the web, new submarines, and more - to ignite public support for a global network of Marine Protected Areas - hope spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet."
Seacology is helping to make Sylvia's wish a reality. We have protected millions acres of coral reef and other marine habitat surrounding islands around the world. Our projects include everything from preserving Palau's Helen Reef, to conserving the Lakshadweep Archipelago in India, to safeguarding the marine habitat of Mexico's Guadalupe Island.
Join us in protecting the world's oceans, and from all of us at Seacology, happy World Oceans Day!