Whose Oceans Are They, Anyway?


On Sunday, June 4, New York will kick off the World Ocean Festival with two observances: the Ocean March and the Ocean Village, both free and open to all.

The Ocean March will be a grand parade of large and small boats from the Hudson to the East River around Lower Manhattan, with an official review of the parade at Governors Island and the United Nations complex.

The parade begins at noon at Pier 64 in Hudson River Park and will head south, swing around Lower Manhattan, and conclude at Gantry State Park on the East River. Ocean enthusiasts will be parading in waterways around the world in unity with the New York’s Ocean March.

The Ocean Village, on Governors Island, will take place from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and offer family-friendly art and educational activities, including exhibitions about ocean threats, panel discussions led by ocean experts and explorers, and a media pavilion featuring an immersive virtual reality underwater experience.

Both events are part of a week-long, worldwide program of international attention on ocean protection, which includes a U.N.-hosted four-day Ocean Conference starting June 5, and World Oceans Day on June 8.

The theme of the U.N.’s Ocean Conference is Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14: conservation and sustainable use of the world’s oceans.

This is one of 17 SDGs that the U.N. has put forth to guide the world’s citizens in managing our collective resources. People around the world are registering projects that support SDG 14 at the Ocean Action Hub.

For more information and to plan your day on June 4, please browse: WorldOceanFest.org

Courtesy of WaterWire

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