AUTHOR Juan Bastidas
AUTHOR Juan Bastidas
It’s no surprise that the Ecoventura family loves the ocean! Not only do our oceans cover 71 percent of the Earth’s surface and contain 97 percent of the Earth’s water, but they are home to 230,000 known species (and possibly over two million species once you factor in unexplored species)!
And the Galapagos is the perfect place to explore the Pacific Ocean. The Galapagos and surrounding waters represent one of the worlds most unique ecosystems. In fact, the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR) is the largest marine reserve in a developing country and the second largest marine reserve in the world.
That is why our team is excited to support World Oceans Day, happening on Thursday, June 8th here in the Galapagos!
World Oceans day is observed every June 8th. It has been honored unofficially since its original proposal in 1992 by Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC) at the Earth Summit. This day brings people around the globe together to support a healthy ocean that is able to sustainably provide for the billions of humans, plants, and animals that depend on it every day.
Photo credit via @tadas_ontus
Ocean conservation is the core of Ecoventura’s philosophy. Through our conservation efforts, Ecoventura became the first carbon neutral operation in the Galapagos (and Ecuador). In 2006, Ecoventura additionally established the Galapagos Marine Biodiversity Fund in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund. Together, we support environmental education and marine conservation by strengthening the ability of local communities to manage their vast natural resources.
To learn how to get involved and to attend World Oceans Day events near you, head over to the organization’s website
No matter where you live, we hope you get together with your family, friends, and community to be a part of this growing global celebration to create a better future!
How will you support World Oceans Day on June 8th, the rest of this week, and this year?! Please share in the comments.
Join the conversation online this week with the hashtag #WorldOceansDay.