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World Oceans Day takes place every year on 8th June. The concept of celebrating Oceans Day was originally proposed in 1992 by Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC) at the Earth Summit – UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The objective was to bring the ocean into the limelight for people to understand its importance and care for it as much they do for the rest of the earth.

It is celebrated to honor, help protect, and conserve the World’s Oceans. People and organizations around the world mark this day in a variety of ways, including launching new campaign and initiatives, outdoor explorations, aquatic and beach clean-ups, educational and conservation action programs and much more.

 

It is necessary to protect and care for the oceans because they provide us with many resources and benefits including:

  • Oxygen – Ocean produces over half of the world’s oxygen and absorbs 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere.
  • Climate Regulations – Covering 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, the ocean transports heat from the equator to the poles, regulating our climate and weather patterns.
  • Food Source – 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, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and heart disease.

Spirit of Gold Coast is committed towards caring for nature and the local marine life. Our Whale Lovers know that we organise events every year to help raise awareness, as well as take initiatives in keeping our environment clean, making our community a better place to live in and thrive.

This year in 2019, Spirit has something new and big planned for World Oceans Day. Our regular Whale Watching Cruise will be transformed into a special event. Highlights for the day will include:

  • Encouraging passengers to wear white and blue to support World Oceans Day,
  • Selling sustainable household products, to help raise money for the “Australian Marine Conservation Society” who are committed towards raising awareness and caring for marine life,
  • A tutorial showing how to make paper bags, helping raise awareness to decrease the use of plastic bags,
  • Collecting plastic waste from our passengers, donating the funds made from recycling the waste,
  • Collecting un-used fabrics and spare clothes, donating them to “Boomerang Bags” in order to make cloth bags for charity.

We are also working in partnership with www.worldoceansday.org  to help raise awareness to protect and care for oceans and the marine life.

Spirit will share the incredible achievements from World Oceans Day this year, so stay tuned and look for our upcoming blogs.

 

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