World Ocean Day, June 8
World Oceans Day 2019
Saturday, June 8
On World Oceans Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honor the ocean, which connects us all. Get together with your family, friends, community, and the planet to start creating a better future. Working together, we can and will protect our shared ocean. Join this growing global celebration on 8 June!
WHY CELEBRATE WORLD OCEANS DAY?
A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival. Every year, World Oceans Day provides a unique opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve our world’s shared ocean. The ocean is important because it:
Generates most of the oxygen we breathe
Helps feed us
Regulates our climate
Cleans the water we drink
Offers a pharmacopoeia of medicines
Provides limitless inspiration!
The Power of One
The Flight of the Hummingbird
The story begins with the Great Forest catching on fire, and the animals within it fleeing for their lives.
The bear shouts, “Fire!”
The crow shouts “Run for your life!”
There was only one who would not flee like all the other animals. Dukdukdiya, the tiny hummingbird flew to the stream, picked up a single drop of water, and dropped it on the raging fire. Again and again she continued her efforts against the raging fire. The other animals watched at a safe distance, warning Dukdukdiya of the danger. They felt there was nothing they could do. But Dukdukdiya continued bringing drops of water to the fire. Finally, the bear, asked her what she was trying to accomplish.
Without stopping her work, Dukdukdiya said, “I am doing what I can.”
The story of the Flight of the Hummingbird is a popular parable.
It was inspired by a fable that was told by the Quechan people of present day Ecuador.
This story has been passed down from generations of indigenous people.
World Turtle Day, May 23
World Turtle Day , May 23
La Benida Hui is a passionate environmental educator and artist who strives to raise plastic awareness on a small coral island (Xiao Liu Qiu or Lamay) South of Taiwan.
She has hosted World Turtle Day and World Ocean Day for the last five years partnering up with the Environmental Protection Bureau, businesses and various NGOs.
Through beach clean-ups, on-site art installations and art education programs and workshops at the local schools and other locations, she hopes to turn this island into the Greenest in Taiwan.
For more information about her work please take a look at her website: www.rareawareness.com or on FB: R.A.R.E.-Rare Animals Really Endangered
She lives by Baba Dioum’s words;
“In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.”