Monday, June 9, 2014

Celebrate World Oceans Day everyday

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Well, this time I was late. I forgot all about it. World Oceans Day isn't as celebrated as Earth Day. At least that's my idea. But we are all connected to the oceans no matter if we live inland or on the coast. For most Portuguese the sea is a source of inspiration. We are proud of our history. We sailed the seas with bravery and discovered new worlds to the world a few centuries ago! I live on the seaside and honestly that's one of my big life joys. I would love to have done a selfie for the sea! Did you make a promise?

In a few days the beach will be ready to welcome people. It was already very nicely populated during Easter with students enjoying a bit of sun in Easter break and foreigners, mostly Spanish. Spanish are fond of this beach where I live  since 1950's! I like everything about the coast way of life, the oceans and the life they hold. These illustrations I created for Zazzle products are inspired by the beach and the ocean and all the joy we can get from it. Lots of products for kids! They are selling well and I'm pleased.

I found lots of information about this day at Canada Government's site. That's because it was the Government of Canada that originally proposed the concept of World Ocean Day in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. As of 2009, June 8 has been officially declared by the United Nations as "World Oceans Day."

Here's some good advice we can use everyday to commemorate Oceans Day . I took it from that site. It reads like this:

-Learn all you can. Read, surf the web and experience the ocean directly.
-Conserve the water. Be careful when washing your car or watering your lawn.
-Reduce household pollutants. Cut down and properly dispose of herbicides, pesticides and cleaning products.
-Reduce waste. Dispose of trash properly. Where possible, recycle, reuse and compost.
-Reduce automobile pollution. Use fuel efficient vehicles or carpool. Recycle motor oil and repair oil and air conditioning leaks.
-Protect ocean wildlife. Don’t dispose of fishing lines, nets or plastic items in or near the water.
-Be considerate of sea life habitats. Don’t bother sea birds, mammals and turtles or their nesting grounds. Support marine protected areas.
-Get involved. Take part in a beach cleanup or other ocean-oriented activities.
-Plan an Oceans Day event in your community.
-Care! Pass on your knowledge!

Expo '98 (1998 Lisbon World Exposition) was an official specialised World's Fair held in Lisbon, Portugal from 22 May to 30 September 1998. The theme of the fair was "The Oceans, a Heritage for the Future," chosen in part to commemorate 500 years of Portuguese discoveries. The Expo ’98 was a landmark event that transformed the eastern zone of the city into a visionary project, reconverting an important part of Lisbon by creating a modern urban space. It has a train station, a shopping centre and an extensive complex that combines culture, leisure, homes and businesses.Opened during the Expo’98, the Ocean├írio de Lisboa is one the largest public aquaria in Europe. The TV spot with the babies swimming underwater remains as wonderful as it was when we first watch it sixteen years ago.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The street store - people helping people

Today I bring you something a bit different. It's a great project called The Street Store. It started in Cape Town, South Africa. But this idea can work anywhere and The Street Store is open source like all good ideas should! Watch this inspirational video, I am sure you'll enjoy it! 

"When we launched the first Street Store we didn’t know what to expect. We had never done anything like this before. It was new. Strange. And exciting. We kept umming and ahhing wondering if we were ready. But we pulled up our socks and decided to just jump in.
We didn’t know what would happen, but what happened, was beautiful.
Over 1,000 homeless people visited our store that day. Each put together an outfit that they wanted. An outfit, that for many, was the first they had ever been able to choose for themselves.
We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the Cape Town community. Without each of you, it would literally have been impossible.
This was our first pop-up store. But is certainly not our last."
(From the site.) 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Buying Father's Day Greeting Cards Online

Father’s Day is celebrated worldwide. In Portugal it's celebrated in March 19 and in the days before Father's Day teachers help their pupils to prepare a handmade card or small gift for children to take home. The same happens with Mother's Day. 

This modern holiday is about fathers importance in their children lifes and celebrates fatherhood and male parenting. Many countries observe this day on the third Sunday in June. On Father’s Day people visit their fathers and offer cards or gifts. I created two illustrations for Father's Day greeting cards, one for boys and other for girls.

I tried to find the origin for this celebration. When and why did it start? There is the idea of Father's Day may originate in pagan sun worship because some believe the sun is the father of the universe. The June solstice occurs around the same time as Father's Day.

In the United States there was a woman called Sonora Smart Dodd. She was inspired by the American Mother's Day celebrations. 
Her father raised six children by himself after the death of his wife. This was unusual at that time. Sonora felt that her father deserved recognition for what he had done. The first time Father's Day was held in June was in 1910. 

I also read that it's origins may lie in a memorial service held for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in 1907. Father's Day was officially recognized as a holiday in 1972 by President Nixon. Read all about it here.
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