World Oceans Day 2023
Under the sea. Under the Sea. Darling, it’s better.
Did you sing along? If so, you’re a fan of mermaids and the sea. If you are one of the millions of people who are looking forward to seeing “The Little Mermaid '', this global observance may interest you. June 8th is World Oceans Day. It is celebrated annually with the goal of focusing on the importance of the ocean and the importance our actions have on it. From oil spills to pollution, human actions can have a massive impact on the ocean.
According to National Geographic, “Because water absorbs and loses heat more slowly than land masses, the ocean helps balance global temperatures by absorbing heat in the summer and releasing it in the winter. Without the ocean to help regulate global temperatures, Earth’s climate would be bitterly cold.” The ocean has way more value than helping us travel to various places via boat or a good seafood boil. It has an ecosystem that impacts our livelihood.
The concept of World Oceans Day was first proposed in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro to raise awareness about the important role the ocean plays in our lives and the ways that we can protect it.
The 2023 theme is Planet Ocean: Tides are Changing. While the theme changes every year, the proposal of the 1992 Earth Summit can still be seen in the foundation of World Oceans Day; we have one earth with many oceans that are all connected. We must respect the ocean and all of the gifts it gives us. What we do matters.
To learn more about World Oceans Day and the 2023 theme, be sure to check out the UN’s official website.