World Ocean Day 2023 – Planet Ocean: The Tides Are Changing

Happy World Ocean Day!

Our World Ocean Provides... The air we breathe: the ocean produces over half of the world's oxygen and absorbs 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere. Climate regulation: covering 70% of the Earth's surface, the ocean transports heat from the equator to the poles, regulating our climate and weather patterns. Transportation: 76% of all U.S. trade involves some form of marine transportation. Recreation: From fishing to boating to kayaking and whale watching, the ocean provides us with many unique activities. Economic benefits: the U.S. ocean economy produces $282 billion in goods and services and ocean-dependent businesses employ almost three million people. Food: the ocean provides more than just seafood; ingredients from the sea are found in surprising foods such as peanut butter and soymilk. Medicine: many medicinal products come from the ocean, including ingredients that help fight cancer, athritis, Alzheimer's disease, and heart disease.This year, I won’t go into why we are celebrating; you can read about that in one of my previous blogs. But, I will mention that we celebrate the world’s oceans for all of their critical contributions to the survival of our planet (see the super-cool infographic, below). And, I’ll throw in a reminder that the oceans need our help.

Not just your help. Not just my help. But help from everyone.

That is why the theme for this year’s World Ocean Day (June 08) is “Planet Ocean: The Tides Are Changing.” With this theme, the United Nations and its conservation partners emphasize the need to join forces and act now. More specifically, the United Nations has joined forces with decision-makers, indigenous leaders, scientists, private sector executives, civil society, celebrities, and youth activists to put the ocean first.

The point is that we can all get more involved,  and there are many things that you can do to help the oceans, but there is no time to waste, the time is NOW.

You can learn more about this event here by watching this video. And, learn how you can help, with 10 actions you can take in the infographic below.

Or, visit me the Siesta Key main public beach any time from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 08 (Thursday). I will be celebrating World Ocean Day by sharing cool facts about our marine and coastal ecosystems, providing information about things that you can do to help the oceans, and many more.

Again (and always), happy World Oceans Day!


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Posted: June 7, 2023

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Natural Resources, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Oceans, Pgm_Marine, World Oceans Day

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