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Natural Awakenings of the Coastal Carolinas

World Oceans Day History

June 8 is World Oceans Day, which serves as a celebration of our oceans, which generate most of
the oxygen that we breathe, feed us and regulate the planet’s climate. The day also serves to promote the oceans’ contribution life and the need to protect it from harmful pollution, over exploitation, destructive fishing and climate change. Unfortunately, as a result of human pollution and exploitation, the world’s oceans are becoming increasingly delicate.

In 1992, the Government of Canada proposed World Oceans Day at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. By 2002, the Ocean Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conservation of the planet’s oceans, began to promote and coordinate the event on a global scale. Finally, in December of 2008, the United Nations General Assembly officially proclaimed June 8 as World Oceans Day.

For more information visit UN.org/en/events/OceansDay.