World Oceans Day
World Oceans Day is a worldwide public awareness day, created by the UN to: help inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean, develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean, and mobilise and unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the world’s oceans.
More than 140 countries take part and pledge to consider the importance of the ocean. And how we can protect it.
This year’s theme is The Ocean: Life & Livelihoods.
The Earth’s oceans are a major source of food and medicine and a critical part of the biosphere. In the end, it is a day to celebrate together the beauty, the wealth and the promise of the ocean.
Did You Know?
Oceans absorb about 30% of carbon dioxide produced by humans, buffering the impacts of global warming.
Celebrating World Oceans Day
Oceans and seas cover 70% of our planet. Generation to generation, we depend on it for food, energy, water and the air we breathe. Yet we have not treated it well. Today, the ocean—and its precious resources—is under strain: there are over 150 million tonnes of #plasticwaste in the ocean today. Capturing the leakage means #unitingbusiness and organisations on real solutions to #endplasticwaste. Learn about our projects as we work alongside local communities to turn the tide on waste. We are all in. Visit https://endplasticwaste.org
World Ocean Day for Schools – A festival celebrating our connection to the ocean
World Ocean Day is June 8th, and this year we will celebrate at schools on Friday, June 7th. Celebrate the role the ocean plays in all our lives, learn more about our blue planet and kickstart a fun conversation between children, parents, teachers and communities about our relationship with the ocean.
Did You Know?
Over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods.
Taking care of our oceans
About 20% of the world’s coral reefs have been destroyed with no possible recovery. About 24% of the remaining reefs are threatened with extinction in the short term due to human activity and 26% are threatened with extinction in the long term. Oceans cover three-quarters of the Earth’s surface, contain 97% of the Earth’s water, and represent 99% of the living space on the planet by volume. Oceans contain 200,000 identified species, but actual numbers may lie in the millions, many still waiting to be discovered.
In 2015, scientists estimate that between 4.8 and 12.7 tonnes of plastic entered the oceans.
We must find new and alternative methods of getting rid of plastic waste.
In some countries, scientists have managed to find ways of using waste plastic to build new roads.
Removing plastic from the world’s oceans is a big operation, and it’ll take a long time. Anything we can do to help as well as prevent further damage is vital.
Did You Know?
Oceans serve as the world’s largest source of protein, with more than 3 billion people depending on the oceans as their primary source of protein
- Annie Sunbeam And Friends – Protecting Life Below Water – A special adventure to support action on protecting Life Below Water
- Bush Telegraph – Biodiversity – This booklet explains the relevance of biodiversity to human life
- Enabling Eco-Action – This handbook is ideal for anyone working with the public on conservation
- Plastic Not Fantastic – This teaching pack includes key information on plastic pollution in the oceans, fun activities to try out in the classroom, easy to follow ideas for reducing your plastic footprint as well as curriculum links for lesson planning
Ideas for Classroom Activities
- Clean Water For All – This resource aims to:
- Define water pollution
- State or outline some of the causes of water pollution
- Describe the global inequality of access to clean water
- Life Below Water – Marine Litter – This resource aims to:
- Explore and understand the threats of plastic waste to our oceans
- Generate and explore ideas on how to better control discarded trash from entering our oceans
World Oceans Class Display
If you’re looking for some inspiration to help make learning more fun and engaging for kids in their own time, why not try and a splash of creativity to a spare section of the classroom and make a dedicated display area where the children can pin up their favourite pieces of work all to do with the topic of Oceans.
Video Educational Resources
Not Another Nature Film – Findings in WWF’s 2010 Living Planet Report.
Teacher’s Pet Resources
We already have a whole range of resources available to download that you can use to help take part in World Oceans Day. Click the banner below to find out more.View All Of Our “Oceans” Resources
Have a Great Day!
We hope these ideas have given you some inspiration for teaching about World Oceans Day.
If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below (they might even get added into the topic calendar!)