• On June 8, 1992, the world first celebrated World Oceans Day. World Oceans Day calls attention to how the ocean “is essential to food security and the health and survival of all life, powers our climate and is a critical part of the biosphere.”
     
    World Ocean Day has a different theme every two years. The theme for 2013-2014 is “Together We Have the Power to Protect the Ocean.” One activity planned for 2014 is “Paddle Out for Sharks,” an event that has spread from South Africa to Mozambique and even Australia. Paddlers supporting local shark populations include divers, surfers, freedivers, scientists, fishermen and women, and local conservationists. Another activity is the “Reef Renaissance Film Festival,” held in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Toronto Zoo, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is focusing the day on the Canadian Sea Turtle Network, and sea turtle migration from Canada to the Caribbean.
     
    One of the most popular World Ocean Day activities is “wear blue and tell two.” Participants can wear blue clothing to show support for the ocean, and tell people two reasons why it’s important to protect the ocean.
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    air Noun

    the layer of gases surrounding Earth.

    Encyclopedic Entry: air
    biosphere Noun

    part of the Earth where life exists.

    Encyclopedic Entry: biosphere
    celebrate Verb

    to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.

    climate Noun

    all weather conditions for a given location over a period of time.

    Encyclopedic Entry: climate
    conservationist Noun

    person who works to preserve natural habitats.

    critical Adjective

    very important.

    engineering Noun

    the art and science of building, maintaining, moving, and demolishing structures.

    essential Adjective

    needed.

    food Noun

    material, usually of plant or animal origin, that living organisms use to obtain nutrients.

    Encyclopedic Entry: food
    food security Noun

    access a person, family, or community has to healthy foods.

    freedive Verb

    to swim deep into a body of water without the use of artificial breathing devices, such as scuba.

    inspiration Noun

    something that influences the development of an idea.

    medicine Noun

    substance used for treating illness or disease.

    migration Noun

    movement of a group of people or animals from one place to another.

    ocean Noun

    large body of salt water that covers most of the Earth.

    Encyclopedic Entry: ocean
    oxygen Noun

    chemical element with the symbol O, whose gas form is 21% of the Earth's atmosphere.

    potential Adjective

    possible.

    reef Noun

    a ridge of rocks, coral, or sand rising from the ocean floor all the way to or near the ocean's surface.

    regulate Verb

    to determine and administer a set of rules for an activity.

    transportation Noun

    movement of people or goods from one place to another.

Tell us what you think