Make a promise for the ocean on June 8th

6/7/2013

FROM: The Ocean Project

Contact:
Alyssa Isakower, World Oceans Day Coordinator
The Ocean Project
401.709.4071 / aisakower@theoceanproject.org

On June 8th 2013, communities around the globe 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 at aquariums, zoos, museums, exciting online events, and more. 

In addition to the events planned in dozens of countries worldwide, we invite everyone to take ocean conservation personally by sharing an Ocean Promise online. Under this year's World Oceans Day theme of “Together we have the power to protect the ocean”, we are showing how small actions can add up to make a big difference. People everywhere can join the Ocean Promise drive by changing ONE habit in their lives that helps result in a healthier ocean.

World Oceans Day coordinator, Alyssa Isakower, commented, “Each year more and more people and organizations are getting involved and the collective positive impact is inspiring. We are more excited than ever to see the growing global response to the incredibly pressing issue of ocean conservation. We hope everyone will have tons of fun celebrating, sharing their knowledge, and taking action for a healthier, safer future.” To join the growing movement of people taking action for our ocean, visit http://WorldOceansDay.org/promise.
  • Hundreds of events planned: There are over 250 events from dozens of countries planned so far, with hundreds more expected. 
  • Dr. Seuss teams up with World Oceans Day: More than 100 institutions are planning Dr. Seuss-themed events.

Just a few of the events planned worldwide:

  • Baltimore, MD, US. National Aquarium will live its mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures by hosting a celebration full of ocean-themed experiences, animal encounters and performances at both its locations - Washington, DC (Saturday) and Baltimore (Saturday and Sunday). Guests will enjoy interacting with Aquarium experts and learn more about their connection to water and our world’s ocean. National Aquarium will encourage visitors and its online community to show love for the ocean by sharing their conservation pledge on social media. On Saturday, guests can join Aquarium staff deploying floating wetlands into Baltimore's Inner Harbor which will help improve water quality and increase habitat diversity.
  • London, UK. The International Music Community and Discovery 2 are teaming up for a day-long music event: featuring 12 musical performances, a BBQ, and speakers on how to create a sustainable future.
  • Monterey, US. Monterey Bay Aquarium is celebrating for the sixth year with live music, a family craft room, sustainable seafood samplings and more. The weekend is dedicated to honoring ocean ecosystems, as well as learning about land-to-sea connections and about the role people play in assuring the health of the world’s oceans for future generations. Visitors will be encouraged to explore their personal connection to the oceans, learn more about the global importance of clean water, and discover how lakes, rivers and oceans are all connected.
  • Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Reef Live will be holding a groundbreaking online event that takes people from across the globe on a guided underwater tour of one of the natural wonders of the world – Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Reef Live will bring together a mix of local and international marine biologists and coral reef experts in a 12-hour YouTube Live broadcast, facilitated through a Google+ Hangout.
  • Terengganu, Malaysia. This community event organized by the Malaysian Nature Society will teach snorkelers and divers how to be safe in the ocean, and keep the ocean healthier at the same time. They will have a beach cleanup with a citizen science component, and an educational exploration of the world of tide pools.

Other partnerships:

  • Rubio’s is celebrating this year through their reusable bag giveaway. Quitting disposable plastic bags is great for the ocean! Learn more and download coupons at their website.
  • Help World Oceans Day reach our Teespring goal http://teespring.com/WorldOceansDay
  • ARKive is holding a scavenger hunt online featuring important marine species.

The World Oceans Day website has downloadable logos, posters, and other graphics, a continually updated events list, and more: www.WorldOceansDay.org

The Ocean Project
The Ocean Project advances ocean conservation in partnership with informal science education centers around the world. Its global network includes over 1,800 partner aquariums, zoos, science museums, and other educational organizations that serve hundreds of millions of visitors each year. The Ocean Project is the lead entity for promoting World Oceans Day. More about The Ocean Project can be found at: www.TheOceanProject.org.


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