World Oceans Day: Monday, June 8, 2020

by Bill Davis

This Monday, June 8, is World Oceans Day.  Initially proposed by Canada in 1992, it wasn't until 2002 that The Ocean Project adopted World Oceans Day and started growing it's presence globally.  This year, 2020, is an especially critical year as this week was supposed to be the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, but it got postponed until sometime in 2021 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.  

In addition, January 1, 2021 is the start of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, which truly is critical as we, the human race, are putting far too much pressure on the ocean (e.g. climate change, overfishing, plastic waste, etc.) and we need to alleviate that pressure asap.  This Monday, June 8, the UN is sponsoring a host of virtual activities including webinars and a concert.  

In addition, if you have any comments or concerns you would like to share on the state of the oceans, here's an international forum for doing so.

Please take a few minutes between now and this Monday, June 8, to think about what the oceans mean to you and how we, the human race, can start to minimize our impact on the oceans.  Thanks, the oceans appreciate your concern.