Green sea turtle on World Oceans Day
World Oceans Day takes us to the warm waters off Maui, home to this green sea turtle and many other species that rely on healthy oceans. The annual celebration, recognized by the UN, is an effort to raise awareness about ocean conservation with events around the world, including here in Hawaii. This year’s theme is preventing plastic pollution. Plastics pose a serious threat to marine animals, including sea turtles, which are known to ingest them and become seriously injured or killed. Here’s an easy way to help: Reduce, reuse, and recycle.
World Oceans Day
Satellite-based graphic showing ocean currents off the Americas
World Oceans Day has been unofficially celebrated every 8 June since its original proposal in 1992 by Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was officially recognized by the United Nations in late 2008. It has been coordinated since 2003 by The Ocean Project, with greater participation each year. #WorldOceansDay