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World Oceans Day

Updated: Jun 30

Nature and wildlife are a constant inspiration for my artwork and, as such, I am passionate about raising awareness. I keep an eye out for "notable days" such as these as an opportunity to research and share what I learn.

The sources for this blog are listed at the end, with links, to learn more.

Surfacing. An abstract triptych by Louise Brook inspired by the ocean.
Surfacing. An abstract triptych inspired by the ocean.

World Oceans Day - 7th / 8th June 2024

Every living thing depends on the ocean. Covering more than 70% of our planet’s surface, it contains an astounding diversity of life and affects everything from global weather patterns to food systems.

2024 World Oceans Day Event

World Oceans Day is officially designated as the 8 of June. However in 2024 the event will be celebrated on Friday 7 June to better facilitate a hybrid in-person and virtual event, hosted by the UN on the theme of "Awaken New Depths"

World Oceans Day Virtual Event 2024 (7th May, 10.30am EDT). Hosted by the UN on the theme of Awaken New Depths.

"The ocean sustains humanity and all life on earth. Nonetheless, despite our utter reliance on it, we have only ever explored around10%. While we know little of the ocean compared to its immense vastness, what we do know is that the consequences of our actions are evident throughout its waters. The knowledge on the ocean’s dire state is clear. Still, each year humanity continues to make shallow and short-sighted decisions that further the likelihood of the ocean’s, as well as our own, demise. We don’t have time for “out of sight, out of mind.” Our relationship to the ocean needs to urgently change, and our efforts have only skimmed the surface to date. To motivate widespread momentum for the ocean, we need to awaken new depths."

From the United Nations World Oceans Day Website.

Protecting Our Oceans

It is clear that the ocean is in trouble from the effects of overfishing, climate change, and pollution. World Ocean Day can be a catalyst for change, both at an International and Global level but also at an individual level, starting today there are actions you can take that will make a big difference. Below are just four ideas to get you started. The links at the end of this Blog are a great place to go for more ideas too!

Check the label

Overfishing is the greatest threat our ocean faces. Global fish populations are rapidly decreasing due to high demand and unsustainable fishing practices. Help keep fisheries and fish stocks healthy by choosing sustainable seafood when you grocery shop or dine out.

MSC sustainable seafood blue label

Reduce your carbon emissions

In the last half-century, the ocean has absorbed 90% of the excess heat created by burning fossil fuels. That has led to warmer waters which is having a massive effect on fish, coral, sea leves and global weather events. Do your bit to reduce your carbon footprint: turn off lights, unplug electronics, turn the heating down, walk or cycle where possible and choose renewable energy.

Cut Your Plastic Use

Single-use plastics—such as non-reusable water bottles, take-out packaging, plastic bags, and straws—pollute our ocean and can destroy ecosystems and endanger marine life. With 8 million tons of plastic dumped into the ocean each year, there could be a pound of plastic for every three pounds of fish in the ocean within the next decade alone. To minimize your impact, remove unnecessary single-use plastics from your daily habits. Even eliminating straws could go a long way towards reducing ocean debris.

Advocate for the Oceans

Make it your mission today to learn about the oceans and then become an advocate for them in the coming year. Spread the word about the importance of the oceans and the simple changes that can help. Engage people and advocate for change to protect the oceans for future generations.

An original  coloured pencil drawing of a golden retriever dog staring out to sea.
Beacon of Hope. One of my favourite pet portraits with the captivating ocean.

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