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World Oceans Day is an international observance dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of preserving our oceans and promoting sustainable use of marine resources. This annual event highlights the crucial role oceans play for the life of our planet and for human well-being, as they provide food, regulate our climate, and generate a significant portion of the oxygen we inhale. It also seeks to draw attention to various pressing issues concerning our oceans, such as pollution, endangered marine species, and the impacts of climate change, and to encourage individual, community, and government action for ocean conservation.
Though initially proposed in 1992 during the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, World Oceans Day was officially designated by the United Nations in 2008. For Americans, this observance is particularly significant; the United States has the largest Exclusive Economic Zone, which extends 200 nautical miles from the coastline, offering extensive marine resources. Additionally, almost 40% of the country’s population lives in coastal areas, relying on the ocean for their livelihood, recreation, and overall well-being. Hence, preserving the health and sustainability of our oceans directly impacts the lives of millions of Americans, making the purpose of World Oceans Day all the more relevant.
In the United States, various events, activities, and educational initiatives take place on World Oceans Day to promote ocean conservation and encourage awareness. These include organizing beach clean-ups, educational seminars, art exhibits, and social media campaigns, all striving to engage communities in protecting and preserving our marine ecosystems. Although World Oceans Day is a global observance, it serves as a crucial reminder to Americans of the importance of maintaining the health and vitality of the country's vast oceanic resources. This observance takes place every year on June 8th, providing an opportunity for people across America, and the world, to come together and celebrate the beauty and significance of our oceans.
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World Oceans Day references and related siteswww.un.org: United Nations - World Oceans Day Guinness World Records: Oldest Ocean oceanservice.noaa.gov: OcearnService About Our Ocean schmidtocean.org: Recent Oceanic Discoveries