World Oceans Day 2022: Date, theme, and how to get involved

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World Oceans Day is celebrated annually on June 8  (Getty Images)
World Oceans Day is celebrated annually on June 8 (Getty Images)

World Oceans Day is celebrated annually today, on June 8. It’s an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of the ocean and how we can treat it sustainably.

The United Nations says: “The ocean connects, sustains, and supports us all. Yet its health is at a tipping point and so is the well-being of all that depends on it.

“As the past years have shown us, we need to work together to create a new balance with the ocean that no longer depletes its bounty but instead restores its vibrancy and brings it new life.”

Find out everything you need to know about World Oceans Day below, including how to get involved.

What is World Oceans Day?

World Oceans Day has been celebrated in countries across the world since 1992, following the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.

The United Nations General Assembly declared June 8 World Oceans Day in 2008 and it has been celebrated annually since 2009.

The UN says: “On this day, we have an opportunity to raise global awareness of the benefits humankind derives from the ocean and our individual and collective duty to use its resources sustainably.

“Future generations will also depend on the oceans for their livelihoods.”

World Oceans Day 2022 theme

The theme of this year’s United Nations World Oceans Day is Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean.

Its aim is to shed light on “the communities, ideas, and solutions that are working together to protect and revitalize the ocean and everything it sustains.”

Past themes have included The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods, Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean, and Gender and the Ocean.

This year is the first hybrid celebration of the event. There will be in-person events at the UN headquarters in New York City, as well as virtual events open to people across the world.

How to get involved with World Oceans Day

The UN has a calendar listing all World Oceans Day events taking place around the world. There are events taking place both in-person and online, so browse the calendar to find the right event for you.

You can also stream the UN’s official talks when you RSVP online.

In the UK, more than 100 school children will take part in a kids conference called Protecting Our Planet, organised by the Environment Agency’s plastics and sustainability team.

The Environment Agency said: “We want to inspire the next generation of young people to study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects to help solve some of the biggest issues facing our planet.

“We hope the conference will encourage students to start having these conversations.”

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