June is World Oceans Month! We drew our inspiration for this month’s theme from World Oceans Day, celebrated on June 8th. World Oceans Day originally started as Oceans Day in 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. It became an annual event celebrated on June 8th by many countries. In 2008, Oceans Day was then declared World Oceans Day by the General Assembly and moved to a position of greater influence, scope, and importance. Now, World Oceans Day is used to raise global awareness of how much the ocean does for us. The United Nations World Oceans Day webpage hosts a number of events, webinars, and other educational material -- click here to check it out!
The ocean is a crucial part of our ecosystem. It produces more than half of the oxygen we breath and absorbs large amounts of carbon, approximately 50 times more than our atmosphere. The ocean also helps to regulate the earth’s climate by transporting heat from the equator to the poles. Not only does it do all of this to sustain life on land, but it is home to more than 80% of life on earth and is incredibly biologically diverse, meaning there are many different types of marine animals living in the ocean. However, despite its importance, the ocean faces threats, like overfishing, pollution, and warming waters and acidification due to climate change. People contribute to all of these threats, which is why we are focusing on how we can mitigate some of these harms this month and every month with our June action asks.