Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Schools : World Oceans Day : #TheOceanLife&livehoods : resources


"A day for humanity celebrate the ocean."

World Oceans Day, celebrated each year on June 8 for over 28 years, is part of a wider effort to raise awareness and inform the public of these issues. 

Linked to human well being and to our very survival on Earth, the conservation and sustainable use of our ocean is more than ever a vital necessity.

The ocean covers over 70% of the planet. It is our life source, supporting humanity’s sustenance and that of every other organism on earth.


The ocean produces at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen, it is home to most of earth’s biodiversity, and is the main source of protein for more than a billion people around the world. Not to mention, the ocean is key to our economy with an estimated 40 million people being employed by ocean-based industries by 2030.

Even though all its benefits, the ocean is now in need of support.

With 90% of big fish populations depleted, and 50% of coral reefs destroyed, we are taking more from the ocean than can be replenished. To protect and preserve the ocean and all it sustains, we must create a new balance, rooted in true understanding of the ocean and how humanity relates to it. We must build a connection to the ocean that is inclusive, innovative, and informed by lessons from the past.

Goal 14

  • Theme 2021:

“The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods” 

It's the theme for World Oceans Day 2021, as well as a declaration of intentions that launches a decade of challenges to get the Sustainable Development Goal 14, “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources”, by 2030.


From Paris to Hong Kong, and Quito to Malé, on June 8, students around the world are celebrating World Oceans Day by taking part in #TheOceanLife&livehoods

  • Resources:

Teachers can visit the official website and invite their students to learn more about Oceans International Day. News, reports on the oceans are available.

There's a website for Education: Stories & Resources

Be free to explore latest ocean-related stories, resources, and videos from the UN World Oceans Day community!

Teachers and students are invited to submit resources here

The stories, resources and videos featured on the portal have been submitted by scholars, institutions, non-profits, community organisations, businesses and research bodies.

To submit for consideration, please use the form.

2021UNWOD/ #OceanLifelivelihoods
winner: Renee-Capozzola

  • Photo Contest: Enjoy the most beautiful photos of the oceans

Schools can discover the beauty of the oceans thanks to the photo contest organized by the United Nations on the occasion of World Oceans Day. 

Digital Ocean Photo Art

2021UNWOD/ #OceanLifelivelihoods
finalist: Brett-Stanley (2nd place)

The 2021 winners will be published shortly, but in the meantime you can see the finalists from previous editions and get ready, camera in hand ... to participate in the next 2022 edition! Don't forget!

"Remind of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe."




Schools : World Oceans Day : TheOceanLife&livehoods : Resources by G-Souto is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

sources; UN/ UNESCO

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