Posted on 08 June 2012 by SomeGood
20 years ago Canada proposed World Oceans Day to the UN at the Earth Summit in Rio Janeiro, Brazil. Officially recognized in 2008, World Oceans Day (WOD) has come to be observed by numerous by countries around the world every June 8th.
Canada has the world’s longest coastline and therefore we have a lot to be thankful for; delicious seafood, unlimited recreational opportunities, amazing wildlife and scenery, climate moderation, etc…
If you can’t take part in any of the local WOD celebrations consider 4 things that may help our oceans.
2) Cut out as much plastic as you can from your life. Regardless of your good intentions plastics often end up threatening our oceans. In 2007 Canadian Hugh Patterson and two friends sailed around the world to study the amounts of garbage on beaches around the world, the Great Pacific Gyre and wave dynamics. The least we can do is cut back on our plastic usage.
3) Add your voice to Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society’s message calling on the federal government to establish twelve new marine protected areas by the end of 2012 or just send a direct message to the Prime Minister.
4) Support Canadian groups that fight to protect our oceans. A few groups doing good work that need your help include but are not limited to;
- Living Ocean Society in Sointula, BC
- Ecology Action Centre in Halifax, NS.
- Friends of Clayoquot Sound in Tofino, BC.
Canada’s DFO minister announced the government’s ‘intention’ to establish three new marine protected areas in Eastern Canada. Apparently significant progress has been made on the Gaspesie Bank in PQ and St. Ann’s Bank in NS.