Celebrate World Oceans Day 2019!

3rd June 2019

World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council member and Aquarium Host, Summer Snell, tells us all about the World Oceans Day festival she’s been busy planning – and just why we should all stop and take a minute to think about our incredible Ocean.

My name is Summer Snell, and I’m a member of the World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council. I was also selected as a World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council Ambassador, and in March I got to attend an event at European Parliament to discuss the integration of Ocean Literacy into Ocean Governance.

With World Oceans Day itself fast approaching, my duties as a member of the council didn’t end there, and I’ve been busy planning a special World Oceans Day event, which will take place on Saturday, 8th June.

It’s not just any old event, either – it’s a festival! The Ocean is an incredible part of our every day lives, producing half the oxygen we breathe, most of the materials in your phone, and income to millions of people across planet. Pretty impressive, I think you’ll agree – and the truth is that without it, we simply wouldn’t exist!

The Youth Advisory Council believes that this is more than a good enough reason to celebrate our amazing Ocean and all that it does for us. On June the 8th, each member has planned an event to recognise the importance of our Ocean, and mine will be held in the beautiful Maritime Garden at the National Marine Aquarium, which boasts sweeping views over the picturesque Plymouth Sound. Activities will also be happening over on nearby Teats Hill Beach, and best of all, the whole event is completely free.

There will be a range of Ocean conservation, food, drink and craft stalls present on the day, as well as a selection of Ocean-themed games and activities. You don’t have to enter the Aquarium to come along, either, as this event is held outside – however, if you would like to visit our 4,000 Ocean animals and incredible exhibits, then please do so via the normal ticketing desk. Although World Oceans Day is a celebration of what our Ocean does for us, it’s also a chance to learn about some of the issues it is currently facing, and find out more about some of the things we can do to help protect its future.

Besides planning the event, I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved in some incredible opportunities. As mentioned earlier, I was invited to speak at a conference in the UN Parliament building, following an eye-opening event called Ocean Dialogues – which connected people from all different backgrounds to debate how best to protect our Oceans. I took our findings and presented them in a small conference room at the European Parliament building in Brussels, which was just the most amazing experience and one that I’ll never forget.

I am so grateful to have been selected for the council and I look forward to celebrating our Ocean outside the National Marine Aquarium on Saturday the 8th of June. Come and join us for a fun-filled day of activities, with live music, a beach clean, games and more!

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