This year, the 8th June marks the 29th anniversary of World Oceans Day!
World Oceans Day was proposed by Canada during the 1992 Earth Summit as a way to focus on the Earth's oceans that connect us all. Since then, in 2008 the UN recognised 8th June as the official World Oceans Day.
We will be celebrating World Oceans Day by cleaning our local beach in Brighton!
World Oceans Day Mission
World Oceans Day state a very clear mission:
"On World Ocean Day, people everywhere can celebrate and take action for our shared ocean, which connects us all. Get together with your family, community, and /or your company, and join with millions of others around our blue planet to start creating a better future.
By working together, we can -- and will -- protect and restore our shared ocean. Join this growing global celebration in June and continue to grow the engagement year-round!"
As of last year, on World Oceans Day there were over 2,000 events held in over 140 countries across the world!
To celebrate World Oceans Day, we have compiled our favourite facts about our beautiful oceans! Have a read to learn some wonderful and shocking facts:
- The ocean is home to nearly 95% of all life
- The planet's longest mountain range is underwater and is 10 times longer than the Andes. It is called the Mid-Oceanic Ridge and is 40,390 miles long
- One iceberg could supply a million people with drinking water for around five years
- 90% of the Earth's volcanic activity happens in the ocean
- The ocean holds over 97% of the Earth's water
- More than 80% of the ocean is still unmapped