I didn’t know about World Oceans Day until recently but when I found out I decided I should write about it because I think it’s important and every little voice helps to raise awareness.
Every year World Oceans Day is celebrated on the 8th June – the aim is to highlight just how important our oceans are and encourage people to care for them a little bit more.
I have always been fascinated by the ocean – from the peace of a calm sea swooshing up a beach on a sunny day to the thunderous force of stormy waves on rocks and cliffs – the multitude of different faces the ocean can show just in one day amazes me.
And that’s before we get to the fact that we still don’t really know what’s out there in the deepest, darkest ocean because it’s just so vast and alien that we haven’t had the time or created the technology to do so.
In a way, the deepest oceans are even more exciting than space – space is so far away it is almost an abstract thing – we can touch an ocean, swim in it, smell it, but we don’t truly know what is under the water. It’s incredible and frightning and exciting all at once.
The ocean is vital to life – not just providing food and energy but it also provides most of the oxygen we need to breathe. If that isn’t a good reason to stop filling it with rubbish and killing everything that moves, then I don’t know what is.
Happy Oceans Day everyone – if you live close enough to the sea, go for a paddle for me! (Because I live in a land-locked county and don’t have any ocean handy!)