Flint RiverQuarium Celebrating World Oceans Day on Saturday

Jun 11, 2015

Staff reports, Albany Herald

ALBANY — The public is being encouraged to celebrate World Oceans Day with the Flint RiverQuarium on Saturday.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., officials say, there will be family-friendly activities at the downtown Albany attraction designed to focus on the world’s oceans and the actions that can be taken to preserve them.

World Oceans Day was declared a holiday in 2008 by the United Nations to recognize the challenges the world faces in preserving what makes up 71 percent of the planet. This year’s theme is “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet” and highlights the importance of stopping plastic pollution.

To illustrate that theme, the RiverQuarium officials say the Imagination Theater will be alternating showings of the children’s program “Octonauts: The Great Algae Escape” with the documentary “Plastic Paradise,” which tells the story of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch — and is meant to shed light on the effects of rabid plastic consumption and problems it creates.

Visitors can also sign up for the Better Bag Challenge by agreeing to stop using plastic disposable bags for one year. Those who accept the challenge can take selfies with props at the selfie station and use the hashtag “#BetterBagChallenge” in order to let their friends and family know they are taking a stand against ocean pollution.

Other planned activities include recycling plastic bottles into planters and bird feeders, creating a no-sew tote bag from a T-shirt, and an ocean-themed puppet show.

Chehaw held World Oceans Day festivities ahead of the RiverQuarium. The Gulf Specimen Marine Lab Sea Mobile based out of Panacea, Fla. was there Saturday, followed on Monday by a presentation from the lab’s founder, Jack Rudloe, at the park’s Creekside Center.

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