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As a result of a United Nations General Assembly resolution passed in December 2008, World Oceans Day is celebrated on June 8th each year. This annual event spurred the creation of a special collections around our oceans and the efforts being made in conservation ranging from pollution to habitat restoration to fishing and fisheries.

The special collection continues to grow along with Plastic in Our Oceans and 1Water, with a focus on the challenge of providing clean drinking water to the world population.

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Why Do We Need the Ocean by Dr. Sylvia Earle

From 60ft beneath the sea, Dr. Sylvia Earle sends a wake up call about the plight of our ocean and why mankind needs it to survive. This is Aquarius' last scheduled mission after 20 years as a research base for studying coral reefs, sea life and the health of the ocean. This is a clip from a live event recorded on July 17th, 2012.

Why do we need the ocean? It supplies us with over half the oxygen on our planet. It holds 97% of the water on earth, not to mention untold species and discoveries. Simply put, our lives depend on it. Watch this clip from a live event recorded with Her Deepness Sylvia Earle, one of the most compelling ocean advocates in the world. It's a wake up call to all of us: the ocean is our lifeline.

EarthSayer Sylvia Earle

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