World Oceans Day provides a unique opportunity to recognize the ocean and humanity’s dependence on a healthy ocean for our survival. It also provides a chance for people to do something to keep the ocean healthy and safe. The Ocean Project “adopted” World Oceans Day in 2002. At that time, there were no World Oceans Day events in the US and very few worldwide but we envisioned this event growing as a global platform to capture people’s imaginations with engaging experiences that inspire them to take action. Since then, we helped secure official recognition in late 2008 by the United Nations General Assembly of June 8th as World Oceans Day and developed it such that aquariums, zoos, youth groups, schools, green business, agencies, conservation organizations, divers, surfers, sailors, bloggers, and many more participate. In 2013, there were approximately 600 events in 70 countries; our goal for 2014 is to more than double that number.

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