World Ocean Day is Sunday, and if you're unfamiliar with the concept, it's like Earth Day, but for the 71 percent of the planet covered by salt water. It's a time for everyone - not just WaveMakers and ocean advocates - to celebrate the oceans' many unique gifts and to discuss the various threats that are risking their health. Technically, World Ocean Day has only occurred once, on June 8, 1992, when it was created at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. However, we believe June 8 should be recognized as W.O.D. every year and we're petitioning the U.N. to declare it as such.
This is a matter of principle: The oceans are essential to the planet, and at the very least they deserve one day of global recognition. With or without U.N. acknowledgment, we'll continue to celebrate World Ocean Day.
Here's a few ways you can celebrate, too.