It's official! World Oceans Day was officially accepted by the United Nations in 2008.
The Theme for 2009 is "One ocean, one climate, one future".
Why celebrate World Oceans Day?
From the World Oceans Day website, celebrating the 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 connected to the ocean! By taking care of your backyard, you are acting as a caretaker of our ocean. Making small modifications to your everyday habits will greatly benefit our blue planet.
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 world ocean.
More about World Oceans Day on the Ocean Project website.
For a more colourful announcement see Chay Hoon's colourful clouds blog.