On Friday, June 8, 2012, communities around the world will celebrate World Oceans Day as an opportunity to learn more about our ocean and take action to help conserve it. This year, the celebration is bigger than ever with hundreds of family-friendly events being held at aquariums, zoos and museums, as well as exciting online events.
“A record number of aquariums, zoos and museums are providing ways on World Oceans Day for their visitors to get inspired and take personal action to help our world’s ocean,” said Bill Mott, director of The Ocean Project. “World Oceans Day provides an opportunity for people across the country and around the world to celebrate our ocean connections, do more for ocean conservation and learn more about our ocean!”
World Oceans Day coordinator Alyssa Isakower,
“The worldwide response has been more enthusiastic than ever. June 8th provides a chance for the world to rally for a generation of ocean advocates who go beyond raising awareness and take real action for ocean protection.”
Hundreds of events are planned for World Oceans Day, with more than 250 events listed from dozens of countries. More than 100 institutions are planning Dr. Seuss-themed celebrations with classic characters from the book “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.” To find events in your area of the country, please click here.
Nationwide retailers and restaurants participating in World Oceans Day include West Marine, Pottery Barn Kids and Rubio’s Mexican restaurants.
With the theme “Youth: the Next Wave for Change,” many events will focus on inspiring younger generations. Research by The Ocean Project supports this idea, finding that youth and young adults:
- Express more interest and concern about the health of the ocean and the problems of pollution, overfishing and climate change
- Look to aquariums, zoos and science centers for ways they can be part of the solution
- Have a higher belief in their own ability to make a difference
- Are recognized by their parents as better informed on ocean and environmental issues
The Ocean Project
The Ocean Project inspires action to protect our ocean by advancing ocean conservation in partnership with informal science education centers around the world. Its global network includes more than 1,500 partner aquariums, zoos, science museums and other educational organizations that serve millions of visitors each year.
The Ocean Project is the lead organization for the promotion of World Oceans Day. More about The Ocean Project can be found at TheOceanProject.org.
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