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World Oceans Day

June 8

World Ocean Day

World Oceans Day is an annual event that was first suggested by Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio, in 1992. The day was officially recognised by the United Nations in 2008, after years of work and campaigning.

Did you know that 97% of all of the water on Earth is in the oceans?

If you look at a picture of the Earth taken from space, you can see why it is sometimes called “The Blue Planet”. The ocean covers 71% of the surface of our planet!

Scientists estimate that less than 5% of the oceans have been explored by humans. More people have been to the Moon than have been to the deepest part of the ocean.

An ocean is a large body of seawater. There are five named oceans in the world:

  • The Atlantic Ocean
  • The Pacific Ocean
  • The Indian Ocean
  • The Arctic Ocean
  • The Southern Ocean

These oceans are all connected and are considered by scientists to be one ocean, the global ocean.

This video from Greenpeace explains how so much plastic gets into our oceans.

Teaching Ideas and Resources

  • Make a sculpture of a creature that lives in the ocean.
  • Plan a campaign to make people aware of the threats to the ocean.
  • Write a poem about the sea.
  • Collect words that you could use to describe the ocean.
  • Our Oceans Teaching Pack includes a set of high-quality photos to use as discussion starters. The pack has lots of other resources for teaching this topic too.


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