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World Oceans Day Toolkit

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You don’t have to wait for World Oceans Day (June 8) to celebrate the critical role these ecosystems play in our lives.

Did you know?

  • The ocean covers 70% of the Earth’s surface.
  • With every breath we take, 50-70% of our oxygen comes from phytoplankton and algae in the ocean.
  • The ocean feeds us: it is the #1 source of protein for 1 billion people.
  • All the freshwater we drink is cycled through the ocean.
  • The ocean regulates our climate and governs our weather patterns.
  • The ocean is where all life once began.
  • The ocean is worth $31 trillion to the world economy.
  • In our region, we are fortunate to live alongside the Salish Sea, one of the most productive, biodiverse and geo-diverse areas in the world, and also one of Canada’s most at-risk ecosystems.

Overfishing, ocean acidification, species and habitat loss, and plastic pollution are just some of the issues facing our oceans.