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World Oceans Day 2020

Today (June 8) we celebrate World Oceans Day. It's a day to recognise the massive impact the world's oceans have on our everyday lives - from supplying the air we breathe, to supporting livelihoods and providing a place for people to reconnect to nature.
Our ocean’s future is our future. Today we join those calling for action to protect them, to continue driving sustainable innovation and to use marine resources responsibly so that we might protect our seas for future generations.

 

Image by Chris McClean 

This year, the UN’s World Ocean Day theme revolves around technical innovations, scientific discovery and solutions that can benefit both businesses and our seas. For more information and to get involved, simply visit the UN World Oceans Day page. 

Below we’ve curated a list of resources and organisations so that you can learn, get involved, and hopefully inspire others to do the same.

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Science & Education

From researching the impacts of plastic pollution, to educating children about the ocean so that they grow to love and cherish our coastal resources – these organisations are using science and learning to champion ocean conservation.

World Oceans Day For Schools  |  Shift  |  Encounter Education  |  I AM WATER Foundation  |  eXXpedition  |  Unesco Ocean Literacy  |  Nat Geo Ocean Education | Ocean Collectiv

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Health & Mental Wellbeing

For regular ocean-goers, the idea that the sea provides both mental and physical health benefits is nothing new. Below are just a couple of the amazing people we work with, who are using the healing power of the ocean to positively impact lives and teach the benefits of a relationship with the sea.

Waves For Change  |  The Wave Project | Mindful Thoughts for Surfers by Sam Bleakley

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Image credit Justin Hoffman

 

Marine Conservation

Whether lobbying for marine protected areas on a global scale, supporting local projects to restore vital seagrass fields, or devising sustainable fishing models, marine conservation comes in all shapes and sizes. To learn more and find out how you can help, we’d highly recommend checking out these organisations…

Blue Marine Foundation  |  Marine Conservation Society  |  Project Seagrass  |  We Are Ocean  |  Project Aware | SDG 14 - Life Below Water

(Image credit Justin Hoffman)

Ocean Activism

From our Wheal Kitty neighbours SAS to the Surfrider Foundation in the US, there are ocean conscious groups and individuals collaborating from all around the world, fighting to protect our marine habitats. If you want to join them, show your support by donating, or simply learn more about their work, click on through to their pages below.

Surfer’s Against Sewage  |  Parley  |  Surfrider Foundation  |  Sea Shepherd

(Image credit SAS & Greg Martin)

Image credit SAS & Greg Martin

Words by Zak Rayment  |  Header image by Chris McClean