Today marks the first official World Oceans Day, as designated by the United Nations. According to the UN website, the Empire State Building will be lit in blue today to celebrate! (How cool is that? The Empire State Building even has its own lighting schedule!) This annual event was started as a result of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992; many countries have been celebrating ever since.
According to the UN, this year's theme is "Our Oceans, Our Responsibility."
Check out World Oceans Day (Part 1) to learn more!
Photo credits: Mike DelGaudio (top) and David Sifry (bottom), through a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license.