Celebrate the Oceans Today, June 8th, World Ocean Day and on Summer Sailstice

June 8, 2022 by jarndt
Sailing the boundless oceans on World Ocean Day

Who's sailing the ocean or a lake, river or pond that drains to the ocean on Summer Sailstice? Today, June 8th is World Ocean Day giving us all an opportunity to recognize the support system for our species and for sailing.

The ocean has been our host for tons of racing offshore, on the Bay and cruising everywhere. Sailors are fortunate and appreciative of the endless opportunities to sail. Today, the annual World Ocean Day on June 8th, is a fitting day to say thanks to our host. Sailors have always cared for the ocean and been on the front lines of seeing human impacts on the ocean. The ocean is vast but not so vast that 8 billion humans can’t find ways to stress it out! 

The Ocean Project has organized World Ocean Day since 2002 with the main goal of globally coordinating and uniting the world to protect and restore our blue planet with its one ocean, one climate, and one future, together. By uniting together, and with a special emphasis on engaging and connecting youth, they hope to significantly increase awareness, action, and the political will needed to create a healthier ocean and a better future.  

For the third consecutive year, World Ocean Day’s international network is continuing to support momentum for a global commitment to “30×30”: The goal is to protect at least 30% of all lands, waters, and ocean by 2030 to create a healthy ocean with abundant wildlife and help stabilize the climate. 

They also provide a new “How-To Guide” to help easily incorporate this theme into everyone’s World Ocean Day plans. Sailors can also sign this year’s 30×30 petition and share it with other sailors who want to protect what’s living below the waterline. 

World Ocean Day was first proposed by Canada in 1992, but it wasn’t fully recognized by the United Nations until 2008, but now it an annual event celebrating the biggest ecosystem on the planet. Last year there were over 1,000 online and in-person events in 140 countries and more than 1,100 organizations in 84 countries signed a global petition to protect 30% of our lands and oceans by 2030. 

We salute all World Ocean Day organizers and all sailors who respect the oceans while out sailing on Summer Sailstice and all year long while they bring lessons from sailing the sea ashore. We are all grateful for what we’ve got while we join everyone in searching for solutions to the challenges faced by the oceans and the planet.  

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