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Celebrate World Oceans Day

On June 8, join millions of people around the world in celebrating World Oceans Day. Last year, people across the planet organized over 600 events to celebrate, and this year even more events are being planned both locally and globally. This year's theme is, “Together we have the power to protect the ocean.” Find a World Oceans Day event near you!

You and your class can participate in the activities below or learn more about World Oceans Day.

Social Media Activities

  1. What will you do to help protect the oceans? Share it with us on Facebook.
  2. What can we do together to protect the oceans? Share it with us on Facebook.

Classroom Activities

Stating An Opinion: World Oceans Day (Intermediate-Advanced)

Materials:

  • Stating An Opinion: World Oceans Day lesson plan
  • Celebrate World Oceans Day video
  • World Oceans Day reading (included in the lesson plan)
  • World Oceans Day: Word Search (included in the lesson plan)
  • Op-Ed Outline Template (included in the lesson plan)
  • Pen or pencil

Instructions:

Use the World Oceans Day: Word Search, Celebrate World Oceans Day video, and World Oceans Day reading to introduce ocean facts to the class. Use these facts to have students practice writing an op-ed essay, a common writing style in American university classes. After students write their opinion article, have them share their ideas on the American English Facebook page to encourage everyone to celebrate World Oceans Day.

Download a Sample Lesson Plan

About World Oceans Day

Did you know that 44% of the world's population lives within 150 kilometers of the ocean? That is over 3 billion people in 148 countries around the world. Even those who do not live near the ocean play a critical role in the health and well-being of this truly global resource.

To mark the importance of the oceans and the resources they provide, the United Nations General Assembly has recognized June 8 each year as “World Oceans Day.” The goal of the day is to encourage everyone to learn more about the oceans, take an active role in protecting the world's oceans, and celebrate the many ways the oceans support us all.

This June 8, be sure to “wear blue and tell two.” Wear blue to show your support for protecting the world's oceans, and tell two of your family or friends to join you in celebrating World Oceans Day. Finally, be sure to share your celebration with us on the American English Facebook page!

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