World Oceans Day Virtual Celebrations!
is an international celebration to raise awareness of the importance of our oceans. In 2020, we will be doing this virtually and encouraging families and individuals to think about ways you can be good stewards of these waters that connect us together. Connect with us on facebook for updates and event links.
What will your pledge be for 2020 to make positive changes to support a healthier ocean?
- Avoid buying single-use plastics.
- Consider using reusable water bottles and shopping bags.
- Reduce the amount of microplastics that end up in the ocean by buying clothing made from natural fibres.
- Pick up litter where you find it – eventually everything flows down to the ocean.
- What can kids do to make a difference? Learn more
Dates to mark in your calendar:
- Celebrate Canada Ocean Week with fun educational activities for your kids us.
- Celebrating Oceans Day in BC and the Yukon
- Stay Connected with the Environment from the comfort of your own home with these fun activities.
- Calling all kids: when it comes to nature, you guys really know your stuff. Show us your ideas by drawing a picture of how you would like to help our oceans, and who you would like to do it with. Get your parents to post it on Twitter with the #Together4OurOceans. We will then share it with the world by retweeting on our National twitter account
- Join The Marine Detective for her 1000 Dive along the coastal waters of Vancouver Island
- Find more oceans education resources and activities with the Stream to Sea Program
Enjoy Coastal Scenery – with The Marine Detective and Dry Land sung by Joan Armatrading
June 5 – 14 Launch of Oceans Week Canada
- Ocean Story Colouring Book
- Find out about The Endeavour Hydrothermal Vents Marine Protected Area (MPA)
- Find out more about how to organize a Shoreline Clean up in your Community
“Saysutshun (Newcastle Island) is happy to participate in digitally hosting World Oceans Day. As a Coast Salish organization, the Salish Sea and the Pacific Ocean are integral parts of our world and our way of life. They are the source of foods and the highways upon which we travelled. The water is sacred to us. We are happy to be able to share the experiences and natural beauty that Saysutshun offers and ask that you share in our respect of the land and water. We work hard to ensure that park activities keep pollution at a minimum and that our beaches are left as pristine as possible. Please visit our website for more information.“
9:00am - Biodiversity in the Salish Sea with The Marine Detective & Squamish Waves of Change - online 40 minute presentation To register and learn more, click here (FREE)
- Join us for the United Nations World Oceans Day virtual event in celebration of the 2020 theme, Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean. 10-5:00pm EDT
- Helping Canadians Do the Right Thing: Green Shores for Shoreline Development (2020)
Natural Resource Canada - | 11 am - 12 pm PT
Sea level rise, climate change adaptation planning and balancing many needs brings complexity in determining appropriate courses of action required for shoreline management. In this webinar, DG Blair (SCBC) and Jim Johannessen (Coastal Geologic Services, Inc.) will give an introduction to Green Shores and provide an overview of the recent updates to the guide... learn more and register
1:00pm - Bird is the Word! with Caroline Biel from Birds Canada – online 40 minute presentation pre-register here (FREE)
- Our Planet trivia – Fresh Water and Frozen Worlds Seas (hosted by WWF Canada and the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean up)
- 1:00pm - Marine Mammals with the BC Cetacean Sightings Network - online 40 minute presentation pre-register here (FREE)
- 3:00pm - Live YOUTUBE ocean animal visit with Seaquaria Ocean Education (based in Victoria BC) Check out their other videos about local marine creatures and their downloadable activity book
- A Plastic Ocean - viewing party on netflix
June 13 / 14
- Exploring citizen science and the biodiversity of the Salish Sea at our upcoming physically-distanced World Ocean’s Day BioBlitz (enter to win prizes!)
June 22 / 23
- Ocean Literacy Virtual Workshop - comprised of six one-hour sessions dedicated to a single region (spread over two days). Participants will be able to discuss, validate, and advance findings and recommendations to have emerged through the regional consultation and engagement phase. Outcomes of the virtual workshop will guide the final phase of drafting the national ocean literacy strategy and implementation plan. Click here to register.
- Our Planet Triva on Facebook Live
- The High Seas and Coastal Seas (hosted by WWF Canada and the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean up)
Online Celebrations brought to you by:
- Nanaimo Port Authority
- Fisheries & Oceans Canada
- Snuneymuwx First Nation
- Petroglyph Development Group
- Saysutshun (Newcastle Island)
- Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC)
- Sundown Diving
- The Ocean Project
- VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station