On World Oceans Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honor the ocean, which connects us all. Get together with your family, friends, community, and the planet to start creating a better future. Working together, we can and will protect our shared ocean. Join this growing global celebration on 8 June!
How can I get involved?
It’s fun and easy! This site was developed as a free resource for everyone around the world to use:
Why celebrate World Oceans Day?
A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival. Every year, World Oceans Day provides a unique opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve our world’s shared ocean. The ocean is important because it:
- Generates most of the oxygen we breathe
- Helps feed us
- Regulates our climate
- Cleans the water we drink
- Offers a pharmacopoeia of medicines
- Provides limitless inspiration!
Now each of us can give back
Participate in a World Oceans Day event or activity this year and help protect the ocean for the future. It’s up to each one of us to help ensure that our ocean is healthy for future generations. World Oceans Day allows us to:
- Change perspective – encourage individuals to think about what the ocean means to them and what it has to offer all of us with hopes of conserving it for present and the future generations.
- Learn – discover the wealth of diverse and beautiful ocean creatures and habitats, how our daily actions affect them, and how we are all interconnected.
- Change our ways – we are all linked to, and through, the ocean! By taking care of your backyard and helping in your community, you are acting as a caretaker of our ocean. Making small modifications to your everyday habits will make a difference, and involving your family, friends, and community will benefit our blue planet even more!
- Celebrate – whether you live inland or on the coast, we are all connected to the ocean. Take the time to think about how the ocean affects you, and how you affect the ocean, and then organize or participate in activities that celebrate our ocean.
The Ocean Project helps lead global promotion and coordination of World Oceans Day. Since 2002, we have collaboratively worked in partnership with hundreds of organizations and networks from all sectors to help rally the world around 8 June, and continue to grow engagement and action for our shared ocean throughout the year. All information, materials and resources on this site and associated with World Oceans Day are free to use to those who are celebrating World Oceans Day as a way to bring about a healthier ocean and a better future. World Oceans Day® is trademarked to protect it from those who might have commercial or counterproductive interests.
How are plastics linked to climate change?
The vast majority of plastic is made using oil, which is a fossil fuel. Throughout its life cycle, from production to disposal, plastic contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide. With increased amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere our oceans will become more acidic, which affects marine life like coral and shellfish.
In a warming world, as the oceans heat up, currents will be increasingly disrupted and the distribution and range of species will change – meaning food supplies dwindling for other species, causing their numbers to fall.
This World Oceans Day we want to raise awareness that the biggest threats that are facing our incredible seas are not working in silo, they are interlinked, just as all life on earth is.
We’re working with Sky Ocean Rescue to better protect our oceans and marine wildlife, but we need government action to help us in this fight. We need your help to tell the Government that climate action needs to be a priority.
Sign the climate petition:
Links associated with the ocean plastics clean up campaign: