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Thank You Ocean

June 04, 2009 19:34 ET

Thank You Ocean Campaign Calls on Californians to Take Action on World Ocean Day

Events Scheduled Throughout the State June 6-8

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - June 4, 2009) - In recognition of 2009 World Ocean Day, the Thank You Ocean campaign encourages Californians to do their part to protect the ocean. The June 8 international celebration designated by the United Nations asks individuals to learn more about the ocean, reflect on the ocean's importance in their lives, and take action to protect marine ecosystems now and for future generations.

"California's tremendous ocean and coastline are important to our environment and our economy, and every year on Ocean Day, people around the globe reflect on the many benefits the ocean provides," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "I encourage all Californians to take part in the Thank You Ocean campaign, which reminds us why protecting the ocean for future generations is so important. Each of us can do something to make our beaches and oceans cleaner, safer and healthier."

World Ocean Day events are scheduled June 6-8 throughout California, from film screenings to aquarium celebrations to beach cleanups. For events, visit www.thankyouocean.org/news/events.

"Our oceans affect nearly every aspect of our lives -- our food, our health, our climate, our economy -- but they have become increasingly endangered," U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer said. "World Ocean Day is an opportunity to remind us all of the value of our oceans and the need to protect them. I applaud the Thank You Ocean campaign for helping to raise awareness about the actions that each of us can take in our homes, workplaces and communities to protect this treasured resource."

The Thank You Ocean Campaign, a state-wide ocean awareness campaign designed to spur involvement in ocean protection, recognizes that the "ocean takes care of us" and asks Californians to help "return the favor." The ocean is a vital resource but today faces unprecedented threats.

"The threats to our ocean and coastal resources are many, from marine debris to unsustainable fishing to climate change," said California's Secretary for Natural Resources Mike Chrisman. "The ocean and its diverse ecosystems need our help and World Ocean Day is a reminder that by working together we can make a lasting difference."

"The ocean influences our lives every day, no matter where we live," said Daniel Basta, NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary System Director. "On World Ocean Day, let's give back."

The Thank You Ocean Campaign provides ways each of us can keep our ocean healthy and thriving, including:

--  Recycle used motor oil.
--  Put garbage and recyclables in their proper place.
--  Carry and use non-disposal bags; Use reusable coffee cups and water
    bottles.
--  Conserve and use water responsibly.
--  Make smart seafood choices.
    

About The Thank You Ocean Campaign

The Thank You Ocean Campaign is a nonprofit partnership supported by the State of California, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the Ocean Communicators Alliance. The campaign features a public service announcement produced by cinematographer Bob Talbot; an out-of-door advertising campaign; podcasts; a newly redesigned Web site; and social networking outlets. The campaign is focused on educating the public about the importance of sustaining ocean life and inspiring Californians to practice ocean stewardship to alleviate four major threats to the ocean: climate change, marine debris, water pollution, and marine life decline.

In 2008, the Thank You Ocean Campaign received the Coastal America Award, the highest award from the White House, for its ocean and coastal initiatives.

A Call to Action

In his 2004 Ocean Action Plan, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called for the development of a public awareness campaign that empowers individuals to better understand and take action to address the threats facing the ocean. The 2004 federal U.S. Ocean Action Plan also called for greater public education about the importance of the nation's coasts and oceans. As a result, the California Thank You Ocean Campaign was launched in 2006 to fulfill both of these plans' call to action.

Get Involved

For more information about the Thank You Ocean Campaign and how to become involved, visit www.thankyouocean.org. Or, follow the Thank You Ocean Campaign on Facebook, MySpace or Twitter (@thankyouocean).

Contact Information

  • Contact:

    Brian Baird
    (916) 712-9694

    Sarah Marquis
    (949) 222-2212