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.
all weather conditions for a given location over a period of time.
Encyclopedic Entry: climate conservationist Noun
person who works to preserve natural habitats.
the art and science of building, maintaining, moving, and demolishing structures.
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.
to swim deep into a body of water without the use of artificial breathing devices, such as scuba.
something that influences the development of an idea.
substance used for treating illness or disease.
movement of a group of people or animals from one place to another.
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.
a ridge of rocks, coral, or sand rising from the ocean floor all the way to or near the ocean's surface.
to determine and administer a set of rules for an activity.
movement of people or goods from one place to another.