World Oceans Day has been unofficially celebrated every June 8th since its original proposal in 1992 by Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was officially recognized by the United Nations since 2009, and has since been celebrated internationally with greater success and global participation each year. It has become so popular that organizations have begun to extend the oceans celebrations by adopting an Oceans Week and even an Oceans Month!
Oceans are a part of a healthy biosphere, to which we all belong. They are our oxygen, our livelihoods… the ocean regulates the climate, feeds millions of people every year, produces oxygen and is the home to an incredible array of wildlife. As Atlantic Canadians, we are very proud of our strong maritime cultural heritage. In order to ensure the health and safety of our communities and future generations, it’s imperative that we take the responsibility to care for the ocean as it cares for us.
With tremendous help from our awesome Marine Action Committee volunteers, we are proud to have been able to organize and help promote some really great Oceans Week activities over the past few years! Thank you for joining us for Oceans Week 2018. We'll update this space with details for 2019 once they become available.
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