What’s the Idea?
Find out more about World Oceans Day on 8 June. Explore a virtual aquarium, take a virtual ocean trip and learn how to help protect our oceans.
What’s the story
I lived on Kwajalein Atoll, Hawaii for several years and frequently visited beaches around the world.
The beaches gave me the opportunity to relax, boogie board with the kids or see marine life in their natural habitats.
I have always had an appreciation and love of the sea.
Now as a family we love to take trips to Devon and play on the wide-open beaches.
I hope that one day my children’s children explore and love the sea the way we do now.
Therefore, it is important to protect our oceans, help keep them clean and instil these values in our children.
My son has really enjoyed looking at ‘Google Street View – Under Water’, exploring the different oceans of the world.
There is so much to see and learn about, and as a result, I just had to share some of what we found in advance of World Oceans Day!
If you are interested in wildlife, take a look at our article about virtual safaris!
People should do this because…?
Following the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, many countries decided to celebrate World Oceans Day.
The United Nations General Assembly announced in 2008 that starting in 2009, 8 June would be known as World Oceans Day.
World Oceans Day celebrates the role of the oceans in our everyday life.
It inspires action to protect the oceans and sustainably use marine resources.
This year the theme is Innovation For A Sustainable Ocean.
The United Nations World Oceans Day 2020 Portal invites everyone to:
‘Celebrate all that the ocean gives us every day: from the oxygen we breathe to the inspiration that moves our poets.’
‘Our Ocean is Our Future’
Below are some resources to help explain and explore the world’s oceans.
There is something for all ages.
How do you do it?
Here you will find information about:
- The Virtual Event – 8 June, 10 am – 5 pm EDT A day-long event which features keynote speeches, panels, and presentations from ocean voices such as Cara Delevingne, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Jaden Smith, Bill McKibben, Ellie Goulding and Lilly Platt
- Find a WOD Event Near You – includes an interactive map
- How to Help Save our Oceans and Make a Pledge – a comprehensive list of pledges that we can all take part in to help save our oceans
- Meet the winners of the WOD Photography Competition – some truly amazing photos here!
Visit World Oceans Day.org – organised by the Youth Advisory Council
- On 6 & 7 June there will be 24 hrs of live streaming on 24 topics hosted by youth-led organisations and environmental experts
- To register for this FREE event go to bit.ly/youthathon
- Have a look at its Rising Blue Instagram Page
- Starts off with a 3D virtual tour of the earth’s oceans
- Choose a location and ‘dive’ into the 2D imagery and facts supplied by Underwater Earth and the Ocean Agency
Explore the Coral Reefs
- Take An Interactive Journey with David Attenborough and explore the Great Barrier Reef
- Following Netflix’s series Chasing Coral, Google Earth and The Ocean Agency have created a series of 360-degree images on Google Earth
- BBC Two’s Great Barrier Reef Clips
Visit an Aquarium from your home
- Georgia Aquarium, Georgia – daily live streaming events, download lesson plans, learn about the animals, live webcams
- Monterey Bay Aquarium, California– live webcams of penguins, moon jellyfish, kelp forest and leopard sharks
- National Aquarium – Animal Care and Rescue Centre, Baltimore – live exhibit cams, virtual tours of the exhibits and at-home activities (explore coral reef, jellyfish and the blacktip reef)
- National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, UK – have a look at its Facebook page for daily live feeds, events and tutorials. They will be streaming live events from 9 am – 3 pm BST on 8 June – experience, discover and celebrate the ocean
Visit Explore.org (the largest live nature camera network)
- Explore 34 oceanic live cameras in partnership with National and State parks and non-profit groups to help stimulate, educate and inspire
- Live ocean-related webcams from Alaska to Hawaii and the Caribbean for sounds of the sea and capturing wildlife in action!
- Q&A about the animals and oceans
Take a look at CBeebies
- Good for younger children
- Blue Planet clips, quizzes and crafts
Take a look at BBC Newsround
- Good for children of all ages
- Explanations of what World Oceans Day is all about
Stuff you may need
- Tablet, Computer, TV