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.