Friday, June 7, 2013

8 June -  World Oceans Day

In 2008, the United Nations General Assembly decided that, as from 2009, 8 June would be designated by the United Nations as “World Oceans Day” (resolution 63/111, paragraph 171).  Many countries have celebrated World Oceans Day following the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, which was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
    The oceans are essential to food security and the health and survival of all life, power our climate and are a critical part of the biosphere. The official designation of World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans.
Welcome to the international community’s online resource for World Oceans Day, our planet’s biggest celebration of the ocean. Explore this site for ideas, resources, and information about how you can get involved.

– View the video in Spanish or French Thanks to One World One Ocean for the beautiful video.

On a more personal level,having moved from the Rocky Mountains Mile High City of Denver, Colorado back to sea level in my native state of Florida,I dohave much to say regarding World Ocean Day.
Not only is the water surrounding me MY vast playground for water activities, a source for abundant varieties of  seafood delicacies, but serves also as an economic livlihood for those who live and work on, above and beneath it. 

We here on the Gulf cost are still suffering  from the BP Oil Spill of   April 10,2010, For 187 days, oil flowed until finally being capped.The long term effects are unknown..however economic effects were felt immediately and continue today despite the business as usual of seemingly booming tourism... 

My personal project involves litter!
No matter how much we complain,litter is still a huge problem. Each time I walk to the water to shoot photos whether it be early morning, noon or sunset..I pick up litter! 90% happens to be PLASTIC..which does not biodegrade! ever!

Single use containers: plastic beverage bottles,and caps,candy wrappers.plastic fasteners,food containers, styrofoam packing peanuts, grocery bags..flip-flop sandals..
the list is endless..
Oops..almost  forgot the most common two offenders..
fishing line and balloons! I for one cannot abide by becoming entangled in a snarled mass of fishing has happened to me numerous times..actually tripping me on several! just imagine a sebird with it's beak tied close with this line, starving him in a slow death..
Balloons blow..don't let them go!
please visit the site for more info on Balloons..and the many reasons why they should be banned. Many states do have laws prohibiting the release of balloons. There are so many more ecologically sound as well as safer ways to celebrate those special events..
I for one believe in and use bird seed! No sea creatures are harmed or killed in the process..

On Saturday June 8,2013 events will be held around the world celebrating as well as educating in in regards to protecting our oceans.
>What can YOU do to help? Thanks for asking!  Make apromise , or a pledge and follow through..
As stated, Litter is my biggest pet peeve.. I pick it up wherever and whenever and dispose of it properly.
I educate as many people as possible with postings to Facebook regarding the problems with Balloon releases..with alternative suggestions of other ways to commemorate those occasions.

Take a look here for a list of World Oceans Day events,
and if you're in New York City, glance up at the Empire State Building,
which will be lighted white, blue and purple for the evening
I personally will be attending events  at . 
Gulf World Marine Park
15412 Front Beach Rd - Panama City Beach
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OrganizationGulf World Marine Park
Gulf World Marine Park will be celebrating World Oceans Day on Saturday, June 8th !
Come out and celebrate with us on this special day! St. Andrews Turtle Watch, National Marine Fisheries, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Beach Mosquito Control, Girls Inc., and more will help us celebrate World Oceans Day!

Head on over to Crazy Cris's place for MORE WORLD OCEANS DAY BLOGS/EVENTS!!!
See Ya there!!!