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.

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