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One Ocean, One Climate, One Future - World Oceans Day in June 2010 and the Oregon Coast Aquarium
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wodart-stdAs of 2009, World Oceans Day has been officially designated by the United Nations as June 8th each year, a significant step in conserving and protecting our oceans.

The Ocean Project, working with the World Ocean Network, coordinates events and activities to promote ocean literacy in collaboration with aquariums, museums and zoos.

The Ocean Project challenges people to take the Seven C's Pledge for ocean conservation

1) Commit to making a difference
2) Conserve at home
3) Consume consciously
4) Communicate interest and concerns
5) Challenge ourselves daily
6) Connect to community
7) Celebrate our ocean.

2010 Theme is Oceans of Life -Pick your favorite -Protect your favorite

This year's theme focuses on our ocean's great diversity of life and how we can all help in its conservation. Since everyone has a favorite ocean animal, we are interested in connecting their favorite species with what they can do to help conserve our world's ocean. Pick your favorite and protect it - try to pick just one favorite; it's hard! We can help motivate people to take conservation action: Together, we can make a difference!

The wealth of life in the oceans is so incredibly important for so many reasons:

  • Each of us relies on a healthy ocean with a rich diversity of life to provide most of the oxygen we breathe, much of the food we eat, as well as medicines and other essentials that we need to survive
  • The ocean provides endless opportunities for inspiration and recreation such as diving, snorkeling, fishing, and boating. How much would you enjoy the ocean without its great diversity of life?
  • The greater the diversity of life in the ocean the better job the ocean will do in helping maintain the planet's normal climate conditions and in adjusting to a changing climate

The Oregon Coast AquariumThe Oregon Coast Aquarium will celebrate World Oceans Day Tuesday, June 8, with a day of activities to increase awareness about our oceans and its creatures. The day will include scuba dive presentations, face painting, an ocean craft, and a presentation in the theater about climate change and the wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula. In addition, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Surfrider Foundation will offer information about their organizations and what they do to protect the ocean.

World Oceans Day Activities at The Oregon Coast Aquarium:

All Day - Seas the Day action tips on how you can make a difference
All Day - Examples of marine debris (garbage) and the impact on marine life
10 am to 4 pm - World Oceans Day craft for kids
10 am to 4 pm - Information tables in the lobby
10 am to 4 pm - Ocean craft in the Gleason Room
11 am - Dive presentation in the Open Sea exhibit
11:30 am to 2:30 pm - Face painting in the Entrance to Passages of the Deep
2 pm - Dive Presentation in the Open Sea exhibit
3 pm - Michael Harte, OSU Professor, will present "A Tale of Two Penguins: Climate Change and the Wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula" in the Aquarium Theater

"Wear Blue and Tell Two"

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In 2009 The Ocean Project started launched "Wear Blue and Tell Two" as a new way of celebrating our world's ocean on June 8th.

The main idea behind "Wear Blue and Tell Two" is to have people associate the color blue with World Oceans Day each year and to help spread the word by telling friends or colleagues two interesting facts about the ocean or ways one can take to help.


For more information, visit the Ocean Project website at www.theoceanproject.org

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