World Oceans Day is 8 June

June 1st, 2010 by Richard Lord

In December 2008 the United Nations declared that World Oceans Day would fall on 8 June.  The idea for World Oceans Day was proposed at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

The oceans keep us alive.  They provide us with oxygen and food and moderate the atmosphere’s climate and temperature.  They are home to millions of species.  Humanity is changing ocean chemistry by increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.  The ocean absorbs carbon dioxide and becomes more acidic.  We use the ocean as a dumping ground for our waste.  We depend on a healthy, biodiverse ocean.  We can do our part to lessen the negative impact humanity has on the ocean.

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