Today: ‘To stand at the edge of the sea’

(Photo: Hawksbill turtle, iStock)

Today, June 8, we celebrate World Oceans Day.

Even in Ohio, of course, we’re connected to the oceans. By Lake Erie, the Ohio River, our local watersheds, farming practices, food choices, plastic use, energy sources, and on and on.

Why celebrate, honor and care for the oceans? Here’s the eloquent, wise Rachel Carson in her 1941 book Under the Sea-Wind: “To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of years, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.”

Check out these students’ stories

Discover Stone Lab’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program through the eyes of three students from CFAES. Then, after you do, check out the rest of CFAES’s engaging new Stories website.

Stone Lab is Ohio State’s water science-focused campus on (and in) Lake Erie. (Photo: CFAES REU student Madeline Lambrix, Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)

Educating for the environment

Education, Bioneers founder Kenny Ausubel has written, is “one of our most powerful tools for nurturing the leaders of a sustainable future.” Case in point: Our own Rosanne Fortner (School of Environment and Natural Resources, Ohio Sea Grant), a national leader in environmental education, especially about Great Lakes and marine issues, who was recently honored for her achievements.