Celebrating World Oceans Day 2020 in BC and the Yukon
World Oceans Day is an international celebration to raise awareness of the importance of our oceans. It is a time to reflect and remember that we are all connected to the oceans; via the rivers, lakes and streams in our communities, or because we live right by the sea. Due to COVID-19 we cannot gather together to celebrate with the usual public events, but many communities are offering virtual events and activities online this year. We encourage you to look for a local online Oceans Day event so you can dive into learning and celebrating with people in your own community. Right now, more than ever, we need to find ways to be together safely. World Oceans Day virtual events will allow you to join with others to learn more about our oceans and how we can protect them.
This year, we invite you and your families to become involved in World Oceans Day in the following ways:
- Reflect: think about what the ocean means to you and how you are connected to it. Did you know that most of the oxygen on our planet is produced by ocean plants, seaweed and plankton?
- Learn: discover the wealth of diverse and beautiful creatures and habitats found in the oceans, and how our actions affect them. Challenge yourself to identify and learn more about a local seashore creature
- Protect: become a caretaker of the oceans, helping to protect and conserve them for our future. Think about how you can change your actions in your home, garden, workplace and community to protect the oceans
- Celebrate: organize or participate in online ocean events, whether you live inland or on the coast. This is a great year to dive in as there are an unprecedented number of online events and resources being offered for World Oceans Day
Positive action for healthy oceans
- Avoid buying single-use plastics
- Pledge to use reuseable water bottles, mugs and shopping bags
- Purchase clothing made of natural fibres. We don’t often think of this, but studies are showing that most of the microplastics in the ocean come from clothing and textiles
- Commit to eco-friendly gardening and cleaning products
- Pick up litter wherever you find it. All of this will eventually end up in streams, lakes and oceans if we do not take action now
Join these online Oceans Day celebrations
- Online drawing challenge: Calling all kids: when it comes to nature, you guys really know your stuff. Show us your ideas by drawing a picture of how you would like to help our oceans, and who you would like to do it with. Get your parents to post it on Twitter with the #Together4OurOceans. We will then share it with the world by retweeting on our National twitter account
- Oceans week Victoria: Check out their calendar for a collection of online education and entertainment activities
- Nanaimo Oceans Day 2020: Please join in the fun to learn more about how we are all connected to the ocean and how we can protect it!
- Find more virtual Ocean's Day activities on our national Oceans Day webpage
Learn from home
- Learn about Canada's Marine Protected Areas
- Canada’s Offshore Pacific Area of Interest
- Science at sea
- Are you a K-12 educator in BC or the Yukon? Check out our Stream to Sea education program for classroom resources
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