World Oceans Day celebrates global reliance on seas

Coastal Current Weekly

On Monday, June 8, the world will mark celebrations of the planet’s oceans.

World Oceans Day, which was started in Canada in 1992, has been embraced globally with rallies and clean-ups around the world. The day emphasizes the need to protect and restore the world’s shared oceans.

On South Padre Island, celebrations will begin Saturday with a beach cleanup near the East Mansfield Cut.

Elsewhere in Texas, a World Oceans Day Celebration is set to begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the Kemah Aquarium in Houston.

No matter where they live, people are encouraged to celebrate the oceans through art, cleanups, education, festivals, film screenings, music, recreation and by making pledges and commitments to help protect and restore the oceans.

On social media, people are encouraged to use the hashtags #WorldOceansDay and #ProtectOurHome with ocean conservation posts.

A petition is also available online that reads: “Leading scientists worldwide have determined that we need to protect at least 30% of our blue planet by 2030. World Oceans Day joins with many organizations on this important initiative. By signing the petition you are telling world leaders that you want action too! Working together we can protect our blue planet home for all!”

To sign the petition or for more information, log on to www.worldoceansday.org.