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On World Oceans Day people around the planet celebrate and honour the body of water which links us all, for what it provides humans and what it represents. 

Every year  on June 8th communities around the globe celebrate World Oceans Day as an opportunity to learn more about our ocean and take action to help conserve it. World Oceans Day coordinator, Alyssa Isakower, commented: [quote]The worldwide response has been more enthusiastic than ever. June 8th provides a chance for the world to rally for a generation of ocean advocates who go beyond raising awareness and take real action for ocean protection[/quote]

The world’s oceans:

  • Generate most of the oxygen we breathe
  • Help feed us
  • Regulate our climate
  • Clean the water we drink
  • Offer us a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines
  • Provide limitless inspiration!

Not sure what to pledge? Try one of these:

  • I pledge to buy sustainable fish
  • I pledge to ask my local grocer to stock sustainable seafood
  • I pledge to not eat meat on Mondays
  • I pledge to bring reusable bags to the grocery store
  • I pledge to get a reusable water bottle
  • I pledge to bike to work one day a week instead of drive
  • I pledge to shop a thrift store first instead of buying new
  • I pledge to buy local food first
Hanli Prinsloo
© Tom Peschak

You can get involved by attending one of the many hundreds of World Oceans Day events across the globe, creating awareness on social media (#WorldOceansDay) and by wearing blue and sharing these two facts about why it’s important to protect our oceans:

  • Our ocean has a great wealth of diverse kinds of life but it’s in trouble. Climate change has already been linked to the killing of coral reefs. Coupled with destructive fishing practices, there is a dramatic decline in many types of fish and sea life we depend on.
  • There are important, easy actions each of us can take to help. Calculating our carbon footprints and looking for ways to reduce our role in climate change is a great step. Likewise, we can choose seafood that is abundant in supply and fished or farmed without harm to the ocean and coasts.

Visit the World Oceans Day website to find out more about how you can get involved.

Related articles: 

Read Holly Meadows’ blog post on the sardine run in South Africa

Read Rachel Lang’s blog post on Hanli Prinsloo – the freediving mermaid

Read Africa Geographic’s blog post on Orcas in False Bay


I’m Holly - born and raised in the rural British Counties, my mother began life on a sugar farm in Zululand. After reading Anthropology at university in London, working for a political activist filmmaker in India, and doing a short stint under the bright lights of Bollywood – I decided it was time to return to the motherland. To earn a crust in the name of wanderlust, I finished up a post grad in media and hotfooted around South Africa as a freelance travel journalist.