Celebrate and Protect the Ocean with us on World Ocean Day
Family playing in tidepools in Santa Cruz, California.
Learn about, explore, and protect your ocean -- our ocean. (NOAA)
Plastic water bottle floating in ocean.
Don't let this be your vision of World Ocean Day. Be part of the solution. (NOAA)

JUNE 6, 2014 -- At NOAA's National Ocean Service, we're honoring all things ocean the entire month of June, but if you have only one day to spare, make it this weekend. Sunday, June 8 is World Ocean Day.

As we commemorate this interconnected body of water which sustains our planet, consider how each of us can be involved in both celebrating and protecting the ocean.

To celebrate it, we suggest you learn something new about the ocean and share it with at least one friend (perhaps by sharing this blog post). Then, tell us which actions you're taking to protect the ocean. We have a few examples to get you ready for both.

Learn to Love the Ocean

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You can learn even more about the ocean and coastal areas by visiting a National Marine Sanctuary or National Estuarine Research Reserve and getting a hands-on education.

Act to Protect the Ocean

Now that you’re hopefully feeling inspired by our amazing ocean, you’re ready to do something to protect it from its many threats, such as ocean acidification (global warming’s oceanic counterpart), pollution, and habitat degradation. Here are some ways you can help:

The more we all know and care about the ocean, the more we will do to take care of it. Do your part this World Ocean Day and every day.