World Oceans Day 2021

by Bill Davis

Tomorrow, June 8th, is World Oceans Day. This is the first World Oceans Day in the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development which runs from 2021 to 2030.  World Oceans Day is a celebration of the ocean(s) and the role it plays in enabling and sustaining life on earth.  The history of World Oceans Day dates back to June 8, 1992 which is when it was originally proposed, but as it wasn't formalized by the United Nations (UN) until 2008, the first official World Oceans Day wasn't held until June 8, 2009 so this is now the 13th one.  This year's theme is The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods and here is a list of global events.

Also worth noting that June of 2021 is now National Ocean Month.  This is being done to align with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and draw attention to the dependency the world has on the ocean(s) for our well being.  And as summer is just starting and we didn't have time to do a specific blog post on this, here is Dr. Beach's 2021 Top 10 Beach list.  Pretty typical that a Hawaii beach, Hapuna State Beach, was ranked at the top and beaches from California, the Carolinas, Florida, Massachusetts and New York filled out the top 10.  

Imo, Oregon, where I live, should have at least one beach on the list, perhaps Ecola State Park, but then again, sometimes it's better to fly under the radar.

Happy World Oceans Day and spread the word!