World Oceans Day 2010
Today is World Oceans Day, a chance to recognize how important the world’s oceans are to us, our birds and other wildlife that depend on it.
World Oceans Day was proposed by Canada in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Every year since it has been unofficially celebrated. In December of 2008, a United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution officially recognizing June 8th as World Oceans Day.
In a message for World Oceans Day, United Nations Secretary General Bahn Ki-moon said:
If we are to safeguard the capacity of the oceans to service society’s many and varied needs, we need to do much more. On this second annual commemoration of World Oceans Day, I urge Governments and citizens everywhere to acknowledge the enormous value of the world’s oceans – and do their part in ensuring their health and vitality.
I read a quote earlier today that I thought was very appropriate for today.
It is day 50 of the BP Gulf oil spill and now more than ever we can see how important the oceans are to us, to our birds and other wildlife for food, livelihood and so much more.