June 7, 2011

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Today, June 8th, is World Oceans Day. “Wear blue, tell two” is the motto to live by; wear blue clothing and share at least two ocean facts with people around you. Take part in a local event. For a listing near you or to learn more about World Oceans Day, look at worldoceansday.org. Here are just a few examples of the creative activities that thousands of people around the world will join.

England:
The department store Selfridges initiated “Project Ocean” on May 11 by sponsoring the creation of a marine reserve in the Philippines. Yesterday, Sylvia Earle joined Queen Noor of Jordan and other women involved in ocean conservation in Selfridges’ forum, “The New Era in Marine Conservation.” Through Project Ocean, Selfridges has raised nearly £90,000 (roughly $150,000 USD) for marine reserves. Read more here.

Midori Akamine, NOAA & Sylvia Earle
@ the Selfridges’ Forum

Greece:
A group of 100 junior members of HELMEPA (Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association) will clean up the beach of Agios Spyridon. HELMEPA junior is a group of 3,000 volunteers under the age of 13 who take action for the marine environment of Greece. Read more about their progress here.

Vietnam:
Environmental group Nhiệt Huyết will screen the movie “Bag It” in both English and Vietnamese in Da Nang, Vietnam. A short discussion about the prevalence of plastics and maybe a beach cleanup will follow. Read more about the group here.

World Ocean Day events around the world

China:
At the Grand Aquarium of Ocean Park, Hong Kong, Bloom (non-profit started by Claire Nouvian, underwater photographer and conservationist) will premiere a film called “A Shark’s Fin.” The film focuses on the practice of shark finning and shark fin soup, which you can learn about more from this post with Yao Ming. Find out about Bloom here.

The Sylvia Earle Foundation encourages you to find out what’s going on in your local community through worldoceansday.org and dive in through PADI’s Project Aware… 

Don’t forget to check out the exiting world of Google Oceans this week and learn about their most recent updates on their Lat Long Blog. Share with us your World Oceans Day story in the comments!

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