About Me

This blog is primarily geared toward staff at the zoos, aquariums, museums (ZAMs), and other conservation education organizations that are part of our growing global network. We aim to provide you with cutting edge, challenging, and creative information, ideas, and tools to become as effective as possible at communicating about and for conservation with your visitors and the public.

See our ongoing communications research, or join our growing network, at The Ocean Project's website.

April 22, 2009

Happy Blue Earth Day!

Today much of the world celebrates our planet Earth. As Arthur C. Clarke noted, "How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean."

Since we share an interconnected planet, though, everything that each of us does for Earth Day also benefits our world's ocean. Overconsumption, improper development, polluted runoff from farms, yards, streets and parking lots, air pollution, and climate change...these are issues that harm people, as well as our world's ocean, which lies downstream and downwind from all of us.

Remember to Seas the Day this Earth Day! And make sure to plan an event to celebrate the inaugural World Oceans Day on June 8th.

Thanks to Wolcott Henry for this beautiful image of Bunaken National Marine Park, formally established in 1991 and among the first of Indonesia's growing system of marine parks. Visit his website for additional inspirational images.

April 15, 2009

UN declares June 8th as World Oceans Day

Exciting news! The United Nations has declared June 8th as World Oceans Day!

Congratulations to all! Making this happen was a truly worldwide effort and something we can all take credit for in making this possible.

Link here for the official U.N. Resolution that authorizes June 8th as World Oceans Day beginning in 2009.

By the way, the UN chose the plural “oceans” rather than the singular “ocean” – we have of course been promoting the idea for "World Ocean Day" because we all share one planet with one ocean that connects us all, but can't quibble too much at this point. At least it is finally official!

It's nice to have something to celebrate and now we need to capitalize on this fresh momentum!

April 10, 2009

Happy Passover and Easter

Just a reminder of why some of us do what we do (at the zoo)!