On June 8, organizations and communities from around the world will join to celebrate the Earth’s largest life-support system, the ocean. World Oceans Day, first celebrated in 2002, was established to help educate others on how much of an impact the ocean has on our lives and what we need to do to protect it.
Why we should celebrate the ocean, by the numbers:
For 2.6 billion people, the ocean is their primary source of protein.
For 3 billion people, the ocean is their livelihood.
For all of us, the ocean absorbs more than 30 percent of carbon dioxide produced by humans, slowing climate change and allowing us a quality of life that, without the ocean, would not be possible.
A recent estimate suggests that there may be as many as 1 million species of non-bacterial life in the world’s waterways YET to be identified.
Though Earth is 70 percent water, an incredible 90 percent of this aquatic real estate has yet to be discovered.
National Aquarium will be celebrating our amazing blue planet all weekend long at both its Aquarium facilities:
Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
In Washington, DC:
Saturday, June 8
12 - 4 p.m.
Events at both venues are free with the price of admission.