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World Ocean Day

Authored by Nathaniel Andrews
Published on 8th June, 2022 1 min read

World Ocean Day

A zoomed in image of waves in the ocean.

World Ocean Day has been celebrated every June since 1992, when it was first instigated by the International Centre for Ocean Development and the Ocean Institute of Canada, respectively.

The organisation’s network now operates in 150 countries, raising awareness about the threats that climate change, pollution, overfishing, and habitat destruction all pose to our planet’s oceans. Currently, only 8% of oceans (and less than 17% of land) are protected. 

As a result, World Ocean Day is running a campaign to demand that 30% of oceans (and 30% of all land) be protected by 2030.

For more information about the ‘30x30 goal’ – or to find out more about this event–visit

Authored by Nathaniel Andrews

Nathaniel Andrews

Nathaniel Andrews is Senior Editor at British Online Archives, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute. Between October 2018 and September 2021, he taught in the Schools of History and Languages at the University of Leeds, and between September 2021 and June 2022, he was a Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Cultural Studies at the University of Manchester. His research centres primarily on the history of anarchism in the Hispanic World and North America, and he has several publications on the Spanish and Argentinian labour movements. He is currently working on his first monograph.

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