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Happy World Oceans Day

The ocean from Tofino, British Columbia, Canada. We chose it partly because Canada helped start World Oceans Day, which happens every June 8.

View larger. | Morning mist over the ocean, as seen in Tofino, British Columbia, Canada by EarthSky Facebook friend Ryong Lee.  Thank you, Ryong!

View larger. | Morning mist over the beach and ocean, in Tofino, British Columbia, Canada. Photo by EarthSky Facebook friend Ryong Lee. Thank you, Ryong!

To help celebrate World Oceans Day, Ryong Lee of Canada posted this beautiful photo on EarthSky’s Facebook page. When we started talking about World Oceans Day on our social media pages last week, several people said they had never heard of it. In fact, Canada made the original proposal for World Oceans Day in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The day has been unofficially celebrated every June 8 since then, and, in 2008, the United Nations did officially recognize it. Since then, World Oceans Day has been coordinated internationally by The Ocean Project and the World Ocean Network. These organizations say it has greater success and global participation each year.

Sylvia Earle, perhaps the world’s most recognized and respected oceanographer, made a video plea to protect the oceans, which was released today. Among other things, Earle said:

I think of the ocean as the blue heart of the planet.

Video: Sylvia’s Earle’s plea to protect the ocean

Visit WorldOceansDay.org:

Deborah Byrd