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PondyCAN Press Release on World Oceans Day – June 8, 2009

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The concept for World Oceans Day was proposed in 1992 by the Government of Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and it had been unofficially celebrated every year since then. Official designation by the U.N. is a significant step in conserving and protecting our world’s ocean.

World Oceans Day provides an opportunity each year to celebrate our world oceans and our personal connection to the sea.

As of 2009, “World Oceans Day” has been officially declared by the United Nations as June 8th each year!

The world’s oceans:

  • Generates most of the oxygen we breathe
  • Helps feed us
  • Regulates our climate
  • Cleans the water we drink
  • Offers us a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines
  • Provides limitless inspiration!

One of PondyCAN’s initial initiative has been to bring back the beach along the Pondicherry coast, on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. This initiative is now expanding its scope to safeguarding the coast of the whole country. It is therefore only natural that we are engaged in the celebrations of the World Oceans Day.

We hope you will join us in the pledges we will take on this day.

Best regards
from the PondyCAN team


June 8, 2009

PondyCAN is proud to join leading educational institutions, conservation organizations, and  individuals in dozens of countries around the world to celebrate our shared oceans.  World Oceans Day – held on June 8 of each year – is an opportunity to celebrate our world oceans and our personal connection to the sea.

The Ocean Project, an international network of over 830 aquariums, zoos, museums, and conservation organizations is working closely with the World Ocean Network to coordinate activities worldwide under the theme “helping our climate – helping our ocean” with a special focus on coral reefs.

The world’s oceans cover more than 70% of our planet’s surface and the rich web of life they support is the result of hundreds of millions of years of evolution. Nomadic peoples were collecting shellfish and harvesting fish long before the dawn of settled agriculture. Great human civilizations, from the Egyptians to the Polynesians relied on the sea for commerce and transport. In our immediate region, the great Cholas were able to spread their empire across much of the Far East by their close relationship with the sea. Now, at the end of the Twentieth Century, our fate is as tied to the oceans as ever. We still rely on fish for a significant portion of our daily protein needs, and more than $500 billion of the world’s economy is tied to ocean-based industries such as coastal tourism and shipping. Perhaps most important, this vast mass of water acts to help regulate the global climate and to ensure that a constant flow of vital nutrients is cycled throughout the biosphere.

But all is not well in the sea. Increased pressures from overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution and the introduction of invasive alien species have combined in recent decades to threaten the diversity of life in estuaries, coastal waters and oceans. Now a new threat, global warming, is making itself felt, and its impacts could be devastating for life in the sea. In addition to this, in our country, man-made beach erosion due to thoughtless planning and improper implementation is causing the sea, our friend, to become our enemy, lashing hard at our villages and towns and cities, turning our water saline and leaving us vulnerable to its waves and storms. And we blame the sea, our friend, instead of opening our eyes and seeing that it is we, through our careless actions, that are responsible.

Let us take a pledge:

  • Never to distress the sea by taking away its beaches and in turn making ourselves vulnerable to the effects of beach-erosion
  • That any development on the coast is done only after scientific studies determine it is alright
  • That we cannot allow poisoning our own food by indiscriminately putting un-treated sewage and harmful chemical effluents into the sea
  • That we understand that anything we do to harm the sea and oceans in turn harms us and
  • Anything we do to protect and sea and oceans keeps us healthy and safe.

65 years and 2 days ago, the bravery and selflessness of a few was able to change the course of a century. More than a 1000 crafts came in from the sea, bringing 160,000 allied troops to land on the beaches of Normandy. That decisive moment and act of immense bravery led to the victory of the allied forces over the Nazis. It is remembered and revered and commemorated every year because it was a victory won against all odds.

If everyone on the planet took a pledge to live in harmony and peace not only with each other but with everything else on this beautiful blue planet of ours and beyond, we can rest assured of the victory  –  the survival of our species.

So from PondyCAN to all of Pondicherry, India and the rest of world:

Think about this and do what you can.

And as Ocean Project urges: Wear Blue and Tell Two

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