Happy June 8th! World Oceans Day was started to honor and raise awareness of the oceans, and our dependency on the health of the oceans. The oceans help to generate the oxygen we breathe, they feed us, regulate the climate, and offer us much more. The oceans need protection, and World Oceans Day is a great step towards conservation. To quote Arthur Clarke, “How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean”. The ocean makes up the majority of our planet, and it is just as important as it is deep and immense.
To celebrate the day, I saw the film Blue last night, as part of the March for the Oceans event series. It was a powerful film, documenting the harmful effects of overfishing, plastic pollution, coral bleaching, and discarded fishing nets. Through imagery, the film shows the issues about which everyone is talking, making a visual connection to what we’ve heard. It is heartbreaking to see how sea animals are affected by human actions, and this film displays firsthand the underwater damage that is a result of what we do on land. With stories from several experienced water-goers, Blue is enthralling and attention grabbing, and over before you know it. When you have a spare 76 minutes, I highly recommend taking a look!