World Oceans Day 2021: Protecting the oceans

8 June 2021

World Oceans Day 2021: Protecting the oceans

The United Nations celebrates World Oceans Day every year on 8 June. Many countries have celebrated this special day since 1992. We would like to call all football organisations for action to protect and restore the oceans.

The concept of a World Ocean Day was originally proposed in 1992 by Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC) at the Earth Summit – UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

As a global celebration, it is designed to bring people and organisations together across the globe in a series of events highlighting ocean protection and conservation. The purpose of the Day is to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean, develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean, and mobilise and unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the world’s oceans.

We have gathered a few examples on how EFDN members help to clean and project the oceans.

PAOK Action – Beach clean up

The U20 and U17 of PAOK learned an important life lesson: that it’s our responsibility to keep the environment clean. The young footballers participated in the beach clean-up in Alykes, at Epanomi Thessaloniki, participating in the initiative led by PAOK Action and the environmental organization iSea. The athletes were informed by members of iSea about various issues regarding environmental protection and then got to work. After the collection of plastic and other rubbish, they enjoyed the outcome of their labour, by relaxing in the revamped scenery.  

Real Sociedad – El txiki ciclo

The txiki ciclo is an initiative with the aim of making children aware of the need to respect and love nature. Taking the sea as its main theme, the txiki ciclo aims to promote responsible attitudes from an early age.

Through the projection of documentaries and films accompanied by activities both in the school classroom and in the Aquarium led by specialists in the subject related to the sea, the Real Sociedad Foundation seeks to promote respect for the sea.

This activity is carried out with the collaboration of the underwater section of the Royal Society, the Aquarium of Donostia, UPV and AZTI, an expert technology centre in marine and food innovation.

Things you can do

  1. Mind Your Carbon Footprint and Reduce Energy Consumption 
  1. Make Safe, Sustainable Seafood Choices 
  1. Use Fewer Plastic Products 
  1. Help Take Care of the Beach 
  1. Don’t Purchase Items That Exploit Marine Life 
  1. Be an Ocean-Friendly Pet Owner 
  1. Support Organisations Working to Protect the Ocean 
  1. Influence Community Change through your Choices 
  1. Travel the Ocean Responsibly 
  1. Say No to Dolphin Shows 

Read more tips and explanations here.


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