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Motion In The Ocean

Ahoy, fellow mariners! Come aboard our Mayhem! submarine (yellow, of course) and prepare to descend as we plumb the furthest depths of the ocean for World Oceans Day – which took place on June 8th.

First proposed by Canada at 1992’s Earth Summit and officially recognised by the United Nations in 2008, it’s now co-ordinated by the World Ocean Network and  The Ocean Project – up periscope! 

More Than Just A Body

The aim of our mission and indeed the day as stated by the organisers themselves, is to ‘celebrate and honour the body of water which links us all, for what it provides humans and what it represents’. And there are a number of compelling reasons we should all do so, as the oceans do a lot of important work for the natural world, with quite a ‘to do list’ every day, which numbers among its most important jobs regulating world climate, generating a large amount of the oxygen we breathe and cleaning the water we drink.

And its easy enough to say thanks for a job well done, as www worldoceansday.org will tell you – you can spread its gospel in four easy ways:

Change perspective – encourage individuals to think about what the ocean means to them and what it has to offer all of us with hopes of conserving it for present and the future generations.

Learn – discover the wealth of diverse and beautiful ocean creatures and habitats, how our daily actions affect them, and how we are all interconnected.

Change our ways – we are all linked to, and through, the ocean! By taking care of your backyard, you are acting as a caretaker of our ocean. Making small modifications to your everyday habits will greatly benefit our blue planet.

Celebrate – whether you live inland or on the coast we are all connected to the ocean; take the time to think about how the ocean affects you, and how you affect the ocean, and then organize or participate in activities that celebrate our world ocean.

When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going

So said Billy Ocean, a possible celebrity ambassador for the cause (and let’s face it, if he isn’t they’re missing a trick). Here aboard the sub, though, we recognise his solidarity – our alarm tone is a section of his 1977 hit Red Light Spells Danger, and we admire his gusto in just getting on with it in the face of everything. Like him, you can get going on organising an event to promote the World Oceans Day creed – www.worldoceansday.org is a good starting point.

There’s even a handy guide to getting started. Personally, we rather like the collaboration with Dr Seuss’s classic One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, a high water mark of children’s literature even if we’re not sure he was really a qualified doctor – check it out at, it just might be cooler than a cat in a hat.