8 Creative Ways to Celebrate World Oceans Day This June 8th

Happy World Ocean Day!

We sure do love the ocean, and what better way to show our appreciation than by dedicating an entire day to celebrating it!

Celebrated on June 8th each year, World Oceans Day is a global event that encourages us to reflect on the beauty and importance of our oceans, and to take action to protect them. Our oceans cover more than 70% of the Earth’s surface and play a crucial role in maintaining the health of our planet. They regulate our climate, provide a significant source of oxygen, and support a diverse range of marine life. On this special day, let’s come together to celebrate and preserve this vital resource. Here are some meaningful and fun ways to honour World Oceans Day!

1. Beach Cleanup and Plastic Art Creation

One of the most impactful activities you can participate in is a beach cleanup. Ocean plastic pollution is a critical issue, and by picking up trash from our shorelines, you can make a real difference. Gather a group of friends or join a local organisation hosting a cleanup event. As you collect plastic waste, consider setting aside some of the more colourful or interesting pieces.

Once the beach is clean, unleash your creativity by transforming the collected plastic into a piece of art. This activity not only removes harmful plastic from the environment but also raises awareness about the issue. Create a sculpture, a mosaic, or even a simple collage. Display your artwork in a public space or share it on social media to inspire others to take action.

Create ocean- themed art by recycling ocean plastics this World Ocean Day!

2. Support Marine Conservation Organisations

Many organisations work tirelessly to protect our oceans and marine life. On World Oceans Day, consider supporting these efforts by making a donation or volunteering your time. Groups like Take 3 For The Sea, The Captain Paul Watson Foundation, and Ocean Watch Australia rely on public support to continue their vital work. Even small contributions can have a big impact on their ability to carry out conservation projects and advocacy.

3. Adopt a Marine Animal

Many conservation organisations offer programs where you can “adopt” a marine animal. Your adoption supports research and conservation efforts for species like sea turtles, dolphins, or sharks. This can be a meaningful way to contribute to marine conservation.

Adopt an underwater animal for World Ocean Day!
Adopt an underwater animal for World Oceans Day!

4. Ocean Film Festival Movie Night at Home 

Gather your friends for a screening of an ocean-themed documentary. Stream the Ocean Film Festival 2023 from Adventure Reels TV and watch stunning visuals with powerful messages about the state of our oceans. Hosting a movie night can spark meaningful conversations and inspire collective action. Follow up the film with a discussion or a brainstorming session on local initiatives to protect marine environments.

5. Promote Sustainable Seafood Choices

Overfishing is a significant threat to marine biodiversity. On World Oceans Day, commit to making sustainable seafood choices. Research which types of seafood are caught or farmed sustainably and make these choices when shopping or dining out. The Oceanic Society offers a handy guide to help you make informed decisions. By choosing sustainable seafood, you support fisheries that are environmentally responsible and help to ensure healthy ocean ecosystems for future generations.

Practice sustainable seafood practices
Promote sustainable seafood practices

6. Participate in Citizen Science Projects

Citizen science projects are a fantastic way to contribute to scientific research and ocean conservation. Many projects welcome the participation of the public in activities such as monitoring marine species, recording water quality data, or tracking plastic pollution. Websites like (ACSA) Australian Citizen Science Projects, CSIRO (Citizen Science Projects) and Australian Museum Science Projects provide opportunities to get involved in ongoing research efforts. Your contributions can help scientists gather crucial data needed to protect marine environments.

7. Underwater Adventure

If you live near the coast, spend the day exploring the underwater world. Go snorkeling or scuba diving to witness the beauty of marine life firsthand. Many dive shops offer special World Oceans Day dives with educational components about local marine ecosystems and conservation efforts.

8. Ocean Trivia Night

Organise an ocean-themed trivia night. Create questions about marine life, oceanography, and conservation efforts. This can be a fun and educational way to test your knowledge and learn new facts about the ocean.

World Oceans Day is a reminder of our connection to the ocean and the important role it plays in sustaining life on Earth. Whether through creative endeavors like plastic art, educational activities, or direct conservation efforts, there are numerous ways to get involved. Every action, big or small, contributes to the health of our oceans and helps secure a better future for all marine life. This June, let’s come together to celebrate, protect, and honour our oceans.

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