This June 8th is World Oceans Day! Established to advocate for the protection of the world’s oceans and sustainable resource management and development, Canada first proposed the concept of a World Ocean Day at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Formally adopted worldwide in 2003 by the United Nations (UN), this holiday is dependent on private sector engagement and government collaboration to brainstorm real solutions and incite collective action from our youth to preserve our oceans. A recent global commitment by world leaders announced at this year's UN Biodiversity conference (COP15) is the "30 x 30" goal, protecting 30 % of our planet's lands, waters, and oceans by 2030! Click here to see the different ways you can take action today! Keep scrolling down to check out a list of library resources on ocean conservation! And register here for the free live broadcast of the Virtual Event: United Nations World Oceans Day 2023 on Thursday, Jun 8, at 9:00 AM. Make sure to explore the website, there are tons of cool resources and activities, including a 360-degree diving experience!
And while we are on the topic of the environment, Ecosia is a search engine that uses its ad revenue to fund tree planting projects around the world and is available for free. Consider supporting this cause by visiting the website directly, ecosia.org or installing their extension into your preferred web browser. This plants trees with any searches typed directly into your address bar or the search bar shown on a new tab without having to directly search through the website's homepage. To date they have planted over 174 million trees in over 35 countries. Plus, they don't sell your data to advertisers and don't use third-party trackers.
If you are looking for more information about conservation and humanity's impact on the environment, the library offers GreenFILE through the EBSCO family of databases located on our A-Z Databases page. GreenFILE is a full-text database that contains information on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Access this resource for free using your library card here!
This World Oceans Day, check out this collection of informational resources to educate yourself and spread awareness in your community! This list also may serve as a guide for relevant fiction for kids to introduce them to the topic of ocean conservation!