For more than 25 years, the Loggerhead Marinelife Center has dedicated its service to promoting and educating the public on oceanic conservation. With World Oceans Day on the horizon, the center is ready to make an even more impactful splash.
First proposed at the 1992 Earth Summit by the Canadian government, WOD has since become an international celebration in honor of the sea. In 2008, it was officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly, which marked June 8 the day of the sea. The Ocean Project and The World Ocean Network have organized WOD events worldwide since 2002, promoting a twofold agenda: Celebrate the world’s oceans for all that it gives, and raise awareness on the state of the oceans today while encouraging conservation efforts.
In 2012, 42 states and 55 countries celebrated WOD with more than 600 events worldwide. This year, The Ocean Project and The World Ocean Network are looking to break the high-water mark with 1,000 events. Helping with this breach is LMC, a proud partner since 2003 and the only Palm Beach County event in 2013. Since 2003, LMC has worked alongside these two organizations to coordinate the annual event, ensuring Floridians have a place to enjoy WOD to its fullest.
The center will begin its free, Dr. Seuss-themed, family-friendly WOD celebration with an array of educational and interactive “seaworthy” activities. From arts and crafts to live music and turtle feedings, people of all ages will enjoy trying on their sea legs for a day.
And though this will be a day filled with fun and memories, WOD’s primary agenda still lingers. Water is arguably the most important resource this planet has to offer: According to NOAA, it generates more than half of the oxygen humans breathe, while oceanic currents and sea levels affect earth’s climate and sustainability, making the education of conservation priceless to all humans.
- To see everything that Loggerhead Marinelife Center has to offer, join in on World Oceans Day, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- For more information on World Oceans Day or how you can help LMC’s cause, visit marienlife.org.