Today the world celebrates World Oceans Day, a day of ocean celebration and collaboration for the future. This years’ overall theme is “Our Oceans, Our Future” and is connected to the Ocean Conference taking place from 5 to 9 June at United Nations headquarters in New York.  The conservation focus for this year is encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future.

Why celebrate World Oceans Day?

  • To remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe.
  • To inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean.
  • To develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean.
  • To mobilize and unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the world’s oceans. They are a major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere.
  • To celebrate together the beauty, the wealth and the promise of the ocean.

How can I get involved?

To celebrate all things marine, The United Nations Association of Australia Western Australia (UNAAWA) has organised a land/water beach clean-up and BBQ in conjunction with World Oceans Day. The free event will be held at South Beach, North Coogee on June 11,2017 at 0900 -1200hrs.  Head down to South beach and join in the celebration.  For more information on the event, go to

You can also help reduce litter all year round by taking personal action by;

  • Reusing & Reducing plastics
  • Making safe, sustainable food choices
  • Keeping toxins out of your home
  • Cutting down on energy use
  • Travelling the ocean responsibly

Also check out a number of activities offered by Keep Australia Beautiful that you can participate in to help reduce litter all year round at

“Our past, our present, and whatever remains of our future, absolutely depend on what we do now” – Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer