World Oceans Day June 8th 2007

Time to Celebrate our Seas

 

World Oceans Day is the annual celebration of the seas around us, and
the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has organised events all over the
UK on and around Friday June
8th to celebrate the life in our oceans. Since first being announced at the
1992
Rio de Janeiro “Earth Summit”, World
Oceans Day has helped raise awareness of our wonderful seas, shores and
wildlife.

 

Laura to Row the Waves

Laura Griffiths will be rowing
35 miles along the South Devon coast from Start Point to
her home port of Sidmouth
for the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) on June 8th. Laura was
inspired to take up the MCS Coastal Challenge by the terrible scenes from the Napoli
ship, which left huge quantities of rubbish on Devon's
beautiful beaches.

 

Fiona climbs the UK's tallest
mountain

Fiona Tibbit and a team of
colleagues from the Environment Agency are set to climb Ben Nevis
this World Oceans Day June 8th. They will be holding up MCS Marine
Reserves Now posters at the top – to be the highest altitude photo in the MCS
online gallery so far!

 

These two challenges are part of
the MCS Coastal Challenge, which hopes to have enough people taking part to
have covered the entire distance around the beautiful UK
coastline; 18,470km (11,477 miles) and to have raised vital funds for MCS's
work by this World Oceans Day 2007. Early estimations put the distance covered
this year at 16,000 km or 9,942 miles – an impressive first attempt and so
close that any late entries might tip the balance. In case they don't quite get
there, MCS have decided to try again this year! So seize the day this World
Oceans Day and get active to help save our seas – whatever you would like to do
email your idea to fundraising@mcsuk.org
or phone 01989 561587 for a free pack of information.

 

Big Blue Days

Schools and
offices around the country are holding a non-uniform or dress-down day with a
difference. Seen from space, our planet is blue – staff and pupils are creating
their own blue planet at school and work by dressing in blue for the day, with
a small individual donation to marine conservation.

 

Dive-in Weekend

Scuba divers are
celebrating World Oceans Day by holding a Seasearch “Dive-in” this
weekend – Seasearch is the underwater survey of the
UK's seabed by volunteers, coordinated by the Marine Conservation Society.

 

UK Government Marine Bill

2007 is a critical year for marine conservation in the UK as the Government
will this year be debating our first Marine Bill, in what could be a
once in a lifetime opportunity to protect our nationally important marine sites
and species, and better manage the many industries that impact on and compete
for use of the marine environment. The Government's Marine Bill White Paper
consultation period ends on
June 8th 2007. See www.mcsuk.org
for more information.

 

Call or email MCS today and request your free
fundraising pack from MCS on 01989 561587 (or fundraising@mcsuk.org). Every
supporter who raises £100 gets a fantastic free ‘MCS Champion' t-shirt – visit
our website www.mcsuk.org for more information
and updates.