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Guest Blog by Samantha Mackiewicz: World Oceans Day and youth engagement

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, May 8, 2017

World Oceans Day logoWorld Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. Every June 8 thousands of people across the world take action for our oceans and celebrate their connection to the sea. Last year hundreds of organizations got involved by hosting World Oceans Day events. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to celebrate our oceans this year! The theme for World Oceans Day 2017 is “Our Oceans, Our Future,” with a conservation action focus on encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier future.

Youth engagement will also be a major focus this year. Youth make up nearly one-half of the world’s population. By supporting youth leaders, we are supporting the ocean leaders of the future. Through the World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council and other collaborative youth leadership initiatives, youth are helping shape the development of World Oceans Day, providing new and unique perspectives, ideas, and recommendations that help us, individually and collectively, expand the reach and impact of World Oceans Day.

The World Oceans Day website serves as a central coordinating platform for World Oceans Day, with new free resources each year and inspiring ideas for everyone – no matter where you live – to celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8, and year-round. The World Oceans Day site also has a number of event ideas, merchandise and more. Submit your event to spread the word and let the world know how you’re celebrating! Sign up for the World Oceans Day newsletter to receive regular updates leading up to June 8. Together, let's continue to take action and inspire others to care for our oceans!

Follow @WorldOceansDay on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions - e-mail me here > 

- Samantha Mackiewicz, World Oceans Day Coordinator

Tags:  World Oceans Day; youth 

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