Tuesday, June 8, 2010

World Oceans Day in Canada

From Cheticamp, Nova Scotia to Tofino, British Columbia and lots of places in between, Canadians will be participating in World Oceans Day 2010 today.

The concept for a “World Ocean Day” was first proposed in 1992 by the Government of Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. As a result of a United Nations General Assembly resolution passed in December 2008, World Oceans Day is now officially recognized by the UN as June 8th each year. Designation of World Oceans Day provides an important boost to those organizations and individuals who have been deeply committed to ocean conservation.

Why should we celebrate
World Oceans Day?

The world's ocean:
  • Generates most of the oxygen we breathe
  • Helps feed us
  • Regulates our climate
  • Cleans the water we drink
  • Offers us a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines
  • Provides limitless inspiration!
Check out how you can get involved in Canadian events being held coast to coast here.

We're particularly excited to see pics from Victoria, BC of the more than 1,000 children who will form the image of a Marbled Murrelet, a threatened west coast sea bird - in an aerial art event organized by the Oceans Day Festival Society.

Interested in living life a little greener? Visit Vancouver-based eco boutique Lavish & Lime for hundreds of easy, small step ideas. If you have any thoughts or ideas about World Oceans Day, please leave a comment below. We'd love to hear from you!

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