In celebration of World Oceans Day, we invited our friends from Dr. Seuss Enterprises and The Ocean Project to answer a few questions about ocean conservation. Below is the transcript from our chat. Enjoy!
zulily: We want to welcome our friends at Dr. Seuss Enterprises (DSE) and The Ocean Project/World Oceans Day to zulily. Can you tell us a little about your organizations and their involvement in World Oceans Day?
The Ocean Project: Thanks for having us zulily! World Oceans Day is a global celebration of the ocean held every June 8th. We have over 300 events listed on the website right now—many of which are at zoos & aquariums featuring Dr. Seuss activities and give-aways for all ages! You can find an event near you at http://worldoceansday.org/USA and internationally http://worldoceansday.org/events
Dr. Seuss: Dr. Seuss Enterprises (DSE) is excited to be a part of their 3rd WOD event! Over the past 3 years we have partnered with our friends at The Ocean Project to create program manuals targeted at children with fun games, activities, event ideas etc. These manuals support their zoo and aquarium members to build fantastic events for their June 8th-June 10th celebrations.
Dr. Seuss: We’re so glad to be a part of all the exciting activities in support of World Oceans Day and are happy to be here today - thanks for hosting zulily!
zulily: It is a wonderful cause and we’re excited to be a part of it as well. How long has World Oceans Day been celebrated and how did it begin?
The Ocean Project: World Oceans Day has been officially celebrated since it was UN-recognized in 2008, a result of The Ocean Project and our partners’ dedicated campaigning! It was originally proposed in 1992 by the Government of Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. It’s been quickly growing globally ever since!
zulily: What are some easy ways for families to get involved in Ocean conservation efforts?
The Ocean Project: A great way to get involved is to go to a World Oceans Day event at your local zoo or aquarium!
Also, research has shown that the #1 indicator of environmentally responsible citizens is -positive nature experiences as children.- So please do bring your kids outside and foster a love for nature! You can help in many ways, but the first is to set a great example for kids.
You can also team up with parents in your school system to ask the school to be more environmentally friendly, start a car pool going to/home from school, etc! Basically: get involved and take action.
zulily: How did Dr. Seuss Enterprises become involved with The Ocean Project and World Oceans Day?
Dr. Seuss: Ted Geisel (a.k.a “Dr. Seuss”) was an early advocate for conservation and DSE continually looks for ways to carry on his work.
2009 marked the 50th anniversary of One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. Given our commitment to conservation efforts and the theme of the book, a partnership with The Ocean Project, who does such wonderful work, was a natural fit.
zulily: Dr. Seuss was well known for his ability to connect with and inspire young readers. Why is it so important to get children interested in oceans and marine life an early age?
The Ocean Project: As I mentioned before, positive experiences with nature as kids is the #1 factor that results in adults who care for the environment! Fostering a love and connection with marine environments and wildlife help kids understand why its important to care for them, and results in them taking ACTION to protect them as adults. Especially if you live in an urban area, it’s very important to take your child outside often in order to form a connection to the natural world.
Whit: What are some good charities for ocean conservation?
The Ocean Project: Bbviously I’m biased and would said The Ocean Project! http://worldoceansday.org/?page_id=2858 But you can see a more neutral list of effective environmental non-profits here: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2006/03/guide-environmental-non-profits
zulily: Of course Dr. Seuss’s most famous oceans-related story is One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Why does this book resonate with so many readers, young and old?
Dr. Seuss: Like many Dr. Seuss books it’s the characters, the fun rhyme, the imagination. His approach to story-telling was unique and his drawings whimsical and one-of-a-kind. Children who grew up listening to their parents reading Dr. Seuss books oftentimes grow up being parents who share these beloved stories with their children.
Beth: Isn’t it true that less than 10% of the ocean has been explored by humans? Seems like a great reason to protect the ocean’s future!
The Ocean Project: Yes! An estimated 50-80% of all life on earth is found under the ocean surface and the oceans contain 99% of the living space on the planet. We have better maps of the surface of Mars and the moon than we do the bottom of the ocean.
zulily: A “wave” of thanks to The Ocean Project and Dr. Seuss for taking the time to answer a few questions! Find an event near you and make ocean conservation a family tradition! Visit WorldOceansDay.org for more information!
The Ocean Project: Thanks for your support everyone!
Dr. Seuss: Thanks zulily for hosting! And Dr. Seuss fans - you can find all the latest news, sweepstakes and contest on the Dr. Seuss FB page.:) Happy WOD everyone! We hope you find a local event near you and take part in the celebration.