Those of us who can't see the ocean from our window might feel disconnected from the life there. It might seem that, because the ocean feels far away, its problems will only harm those people that fish or make their living directly from the sea. But this isn’t true: the sea is far more important than that.
It's easy to forget the critical role the ocean plays in human life. The salty water of the ocean covers more than 70 percent of the Earth's surface. Ocean plants produce some 50% of the planet's oxygen. Seawater absorbs a quarter of the carbon dioxide we pump into the atmosphere. And seaweed extract helps keeps your peanut butter and ice cream at the right consistency!
World Oceans Day is June 8th and for us at the Ocean Portal, it’s hard to know where to start! Today is the one day when a lot of people may pay a bit more attention to the ocean; for us, it’s one of 365 days each year where the ocean is our focus. (Although we do enjoy throwing a big party for the ocean every June!) We hope you will take a moment this week to think about all the ocean does for us. Here are some ways you can celebrate:
- Read up on the various threats the ocean is facing and also about hopes for the future.
- Pick up a piece of plastic trash and try to use less disposable plastic. Then read about five other ways that you can help the ocean.
- Watch a live Online Ocean Symposium on Saturday, June 8th at 3pm EST with Sant Ocean Chair Nancy Knowlton, Sylvia Earle and others.
- Virtually learn from our experts about mystery volcanic pumice, crab parasites and more.
- Not in D.C.? Find a World Oceans Day event near you!
- Learn more about the giant squid, great white shark, coral reef ecosystems, the deep sea, and more here on the Ocean Portal!