Diving Into World Oceans Month

Did you know that June is World Oceans Month? Read more about some online events happening this month from our Ambassador Fidan.

Did you know that the oceans provide us with most of the oxygen we breathe? That’s right - over 70% of the oxygen in the atmosphere is produced by marine plants, according to National Geographic. To celebrate our planet’s oceans and highlight the great work happening to protect and preserve them, the United Nations created World Oceans Day on June 8th. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) took this further and named the month of June as World Oceans Month.

The year 2020 was panning out to be a “super year” for the ocean, with several events and deadlines planned to strengthen and advance marine issues. However, given the COVID-19 pandemic, everything turned virtual. The United Nations kicked off the events of the week, followed by Sustainable Ocean Alliance, Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW), along with many other related events. Some of the most well-known ocean figures spoke at multiple events, including:

  • Sylvia Earle - an American marine biologist, explorer, and lecturer

  • The Cousteaus - the family of Jacques Cousteau, who spearheaded ocean exploration and ignited that passion in many others through his informative docume