World Oceans Day Canada

On June 8, 2013 the City of White Rock joins communities around the world in celebration of World Oceans Day as part of World Oceans Week (June 1 to 8), proclaimed by the United Nations in 2009 after a 1992 proposal by representatives from Canada.

This year's theme is “Together we have the power to protect the ocean!” Communities across Canada are urged to take pause and consider ways of conserving water resources, reducing carbon emissions and protecting our precious waterways from irreversible damage. Oceans generate 80% of the oxygen we breathe so we can't afford to allow them to degrade.

Even the simple act of avoiding seafood on the endangered species list can make a difference in helping these species recover from over-harvesting. By walking, cycling or car pooling whenever possible we can help reduce carbon dioxide emissions which are causing increasing ocean acidification, a serious threat that has scientists concerned about the potential collapse of marine life within only a few decades.

White Rock residents are encouraged to join with community and youth leaders, teachers and environmental non-governmental organizations to organize local activities and events in support of World Oceans Day and World Oceans Week. Together we can make difference, now and for the future.

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