3 ways you can celebrate World Ocean Day
Join Us in Celebrating Our Magnificent Oceans on the 8th June 2023
Our ocean covers 70% of the planet and supports life as we know it. Every second breath we take comes from the ocean. Our ocean feeds billions of people. Our ocean hosts 80% of the world’s biodiversity.
Why do we need World Oceans Day? Whichever way you look at it, the ocean is doing incredible things for people and our planet. Celebrating World Ocean Day is a great way to raise awareness about the importance of our oceans and the need for their conservation.
Here are 3 simple ways you can celebrate World Ocean Day
- Connect to the ocean
Take time out of your busy day to simply connect to the moana. Whether it's a walk with your family or a mid-winter swim, reconnecting with the ocean is a great reminder of how special it is and can inspire you to make small changes in your everyday life that will minimise your impact on the ocean. Here are some fun events you can get involved in to celebrate:
- 7th June, World Ocean Day Pub Quiz with Mountains to Sea Wellington
- Conservation Volunteers New Zealand organises conservation activities such as tree planting in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch - click here to participate
- World Ocean Day Celebration, Sir Peter Blake Marine Education Centre Auckland - click here to register
- Take Action
- Commit to using less water to reduce runoff: aim to get your shower time down to 4 minutes or less. Use a shower timer or your favourite 4-minute song to time your showers.
- Make a submission: the next logical step in protecting our precious and vulnerable marine environment from exploitation by multinational mining companies is to ban seabed mining in Aotearoa's waters. It's super easy to make a submission via this link (closes Friday 23rd June - copy and paste our template below for an easy submission).
- Use your purchasing power wisely: when you need to buy something, support brands with initiatives that protect ocean habitats, expand marine protected areas and empower ocean conservation programmes. Here are some of our favourites:
Caliwoods donates 1% revenue to @SeaShepherd
Octacle takes part in innovative research on seaweed exploring how it can help to regenerate and protect marine habitat
Solid Oral Care have saved 50,000+ plastic toothpaste tubes from landfill
Gemma Lee inspires wahine to connect to the ocean through her community events
Remember, every small action counts when it comes to protecting our oceans.
Seabed mining submission template
Have your say on the Inquiry into seabed mining in New Zealand by using our template.
Copy and paste the below into the "complete an online submission form" section:
I support a ban on seabed mining because there is a lack of scientific evidence that seabed mining can be conducted without damaging the marine environment. In 2021 the Supreme Court took into account tīkanga Māori in its ruling against Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd, who want to mine ironsands off the Taranaki Coast. This historic ruling was the result of successful opposition from mana whenua, including Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui, Te Kāhui o Rauru, Kiwis Against Seabed Mining, Greenpeace and other environmental and fishing groups. The next logical step in protecting our precious and vulnerable marine environment from exploitation by multi-national mining companies is to ban seabed mining in Aotearoa's waters. I support my local community and recognise that our existence is intertwined with the ocean - it is the lifeblood of the planet. Not only is sea life suffering from the impacts of climate change, but destructive practices such as seabed mining could cause underwater ecosystems to collapse. There is a growing movement in the Pacific to stop seabed mining in international waters, with Palau, Fiji, Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, France, Portugal and Chile all standing against deep sea mining.
Under "I wish to make the following recommendations" write:
I recommend a ban on seabed mining.