According to The Ocean Project, the concept for “World Ocean Day” was first proposed in 1992 by Canada at the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Listen to a very moving speech by 12-year old Severn Cullis-Suzuki given at this summit as she presented environmental issues from a youth perspective.
The Ocean Project, working with the World Ocean Network, has been promoting World Oceans Day since 2003. World Oceans Day was officially declared by the United Nations as June 8th each year beginning in 2009.
The purpose of World Oceans Day is to raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean has in our lives, inform the public of the dangers threatening the ocean and of the impact of human activities, and to encourage everyone to take action to protect and preserve the ocean and its riches.
“Wear Blue and Tell Two” is The Ocean Project’s slogan to encourage people to celebrate the worlds oceans by associating the color blue with the oceans and by taking personal action to help.
I was aware of this and of the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as we camped above the beach at South Carlsbad State Beach, so I curiously descended the wooden stairway to the beach below with a new perspective. Even before I got down to the beach, I could see something that did not belong there, a tire.
Why was this vintage B.F. Goodrich Silvertown tire there?
I looked up the beach and noticed that it is losing sand, and Carlsbad’s sand is like gold for the city.
Signs on the bluff warn that the cliffs are unstable. Cliff erosion can be seen below our campsite.
As I walked the beach, more questions came to mind, such as why was this snack package here?
Would the person who carelessly discarded it be strolling here if everyone else did the same and the beach was covered with litter? More questions arose. What comes out of the two large drainage pipes sticking out of the cliff?
What killed the plants nearby the pipes? “Think Blue” is the City of San Diego’s campaign to prevent pollution from entering the storm drains, which drain untreated water into our creeks, bays, lagoons, and ultimately, the ocean.
What caused the death of this seagull?
So I am motivated to “Wear Blue and Tell Two” ways one can take personal action to help: 1. Make smart choices when eating seafood (see list). 2. Reduce our reliance on plastics, use a reusable shopping bag (See “Dr. Dre – World Ocean Day – Project Kaisei“)
This year World Oceans Day falls on a Tuesday, so many events are taking place on the weekend before, June 5th – 6th, such as beach walks and cleanups, tidal pool explorations, aquarium festivities, and readings of One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, by Dr. Seuss. Find an event near you here.
The health of our oceans is in our hands. (See “The Ocean in the Drop“)