Mayor Declares June 8 as
Volunteers Celebrate with Beach Cleanup at
For Immediate Release
Contact: Eli Saddler, Director of OceanHealth.Org, cell 415-342-7497,
What: June 8 is World Ocean Day and hundreds of volunteers will be heading to
When: Sunday, June 8, 2008, 10AM to 12PM Ocean Beach cleanup.
Why: Mayor Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation declaring June 8th as “World Ocean Day” in
Our world ocean covers approximately 71 percent of the Earth’s surface, contains 97 percent of the Earth’s water, and represents 95 percent of the livable space on our planet, but is facing an incredible crisis that needs attention. Oil spills, plastic marine debris, overfishing, and global climate change are culminating in increasing problems for our oceans. In 2048, some scientists predict that important commercial fisheries will begin to collapse. The public is encouraged to learn more and take action for the oceans.
In 2007, the importance of our ocean was highlighted when thousands of volunteers responded to the Cosco Busan oil spill. In that spirit, volunteers will be on the beaches and removing trash that kills wildlife and is contributing to Texas-sized island of marine debris in the
Five Actions for the Oceans:
1. Learn more about our world ocean crisis.
2. Reduce or eliminate your use of plastic, especially plastic bags.
3. Reduce or eliminate your consumption of harmful seafood, including tuna, swordfish, shark, and shrimp. You’ll help the oceans and your health.
4. Reduce your greenhouse gases: Drive less and using bikes, buses, or BART more. Replace light bulbs and appliances with energy efficient ones.
5. Show your appreciation for the ocean by keeping it clean and visiting often.