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A Day of Hope for Our Oceans

The famous double-hulled Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokulea was chosen by the United Nations to be the centerpiece of World Oceans Day events there. She has sailed in five oceans since departing Hawaii two years ago.

© 2016 Na’alehu Anthony, OIWI TV / Polynesian Voyaging Society

Given the demands for media attention from presidential politics, the NBA Finals and a zillion other hot topics, you may have missed the fact that today is World Oceans Day, defined as "a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future."

If you’re up on the many dire challenges to the oceans of our watery planet, you probably feel that there’s much to celebrate. But it should be at least a wee bit comforting to know that people all over the world are taking steps to live up to this year’s theme: Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.

Check out the official website of this United Nations-recognized event and you’ll see all sorts of ways that concerned ocean-lovers are getting involved at a grassroots level to improve the ‘health’ of our oceans.

If you’re actively involved in a current World Oceans Day project, we’d love to hear about it and see a few photos.

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SAIL Amsterdam is only held every five years, so lovers of sailing ships always make sure to not to miss that event.