National day of the sea: history and initiatives

National day of the sea: history and initiatives

L’April 11 is the National Day of the Seanot to be confused with the World Sea Day, which instead falls at the end of September and strongly desired by the UN to raise public awareness regarding respect for the marine environment. Will that we also find in the day that our country has dedicated to the sea, fundamental for life itself on our planet.

What is National Day of the Sea? How was she born and what is hers history? What is the theme of the 2022 edition and what are the initiatives to participate in, also involving children from primary school, kindergarten and lower and upper secondary schools?

Today we will try to answer these and many other questions about this day.

April 11, Italy’s Day of the Sea

To enhance the sea as an economic, cultural, scientific and recreational resource, Italy has been celebrating theApril 11 is the National Day of the Sea. On 13 February 2018, following the entry into force of the new Decree on the Nautical Code, the National Sea Day was established (Legislative Decree 3 November 2017, n. 229 – Art. 52).

This day wants to help us reflect on the importance of respect and knowledge of the sea, which is a precious resource for everyone, especially for our country which is a peninsula surrounded on three sides by water, which also become a source of livelihood. for the populations that live on the coasts.

What is the day of the sea

Francesca Santoroprogram specialist of the Unesco Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (Ioc-Unesco), coordinator of the initiatives of the Decade of Marine Sciences for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) wanted by the UN as part of the promotion of the 17 goals for sustainable development ofAgenda 2030thus explains what this initiative is, which is celebrated every year.

The National Day of the Sea is an important opportunity to raise awareness especially among young people on the importance of respect and knowledge of the sea, a resource of great value for the world and for Italy in particular.

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The sea in Italy, a precious resource

Italy is a peninsula, so the sea is an important part both for what concerns its economy and for what concerns the environment and biodiversity. To protect the fauna of the sea, 27 marine protected areas have been created in our country. And there are also two submerged parks.

There are 228 thousand hectares of sea and 700 thousand kilometers of coastline under protection, to preserve these habitats from human activities linked above all to fishing and tourism and allow fish to reproduce freely. Without neglecting the fact that our seas are often polluted precisely because of us: protecting marine fauna and flora and adopting green behaviors becomes fundamental.

How to explain National Sea Day to primary and middle school

The Day of the Sea is an opportunity above all to talk to school children of all levels, from childhood to high school, passing through elementary and middle school, about the importance of “develop the culture of the sea as a resource of great cultural, scientific, recreational and economic value“.

To talk about it at school, based on the age of the children, there are many approaches we can use:

  • Educational cards to explain the importance of the sea on Earth.
  • Coloring pages for younger children to tell about marine fauna.
  • Watching films and documentaries in the classroom, then talking about their contents.
  • Create a game path to deepen the most important issues related to the defense of the marine environment, providing at the end a license or a passport of experienced sea explorer.
  • Understand together with the children what behaviors to adopt to avoid wasting water and polluting the seas.
  • Distance adopting a turtle or other sea animal in distress.
  • Organize a trip to one of the protected marine oases of our country.

Videos for children dedicated to the sea

On YouTube there are many in-depth videos that we can see together with the little ones, at home and at school:

“On the side of the sea” by Francesco Malingri – Kilimanjaro 01/07/2018

The sea explained to children – Geography lesson for primary school

The sea – The geography explained to primary school children by the teacher Tommaso Provvedi

Water: a precious commodity – Science and civic education lesson by Maestra Cristina Vivaldi

Nami and Fibi, a sea to be saved

Unnamed and pollution, children’s cartoon

Children’s books on the sea

And here are many books to read with the children at school or to recommend as reading at home with mum and dad: choose them based on the age of the little reader.

  • Where is the starfish ?, published by the Florentine publishing house Clichy
  • Let’s save the sea by Linda Maggiori, published by Giaconi Editore with illustrations and preface by Greenpeace Italy
  • Caro mare by Emanuela Nava, published by Carthusia in the Small travels series
  • Sybilla – The Odyssey of a Plastic Bottle by Marco Mastrorilli, published by Noctua Book
  • Atlas of biodiversity. Seas and oceans. Color edition, by Emanuela Durand and Leonora Camusso, published by Sassi

National day of the sea 2022: initiatives and events in Italy

To learn more about the issues related to this day, here are a series of events that have already been organized and in which you can participate:

  • Seif – Sea Essence International Festival, on the island of Elba, from 8 to 10 July 2022: international festival dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the sea and its essence. The theme will be “Future landscapes”, to talk about a sustainable and respectful future of the sea.
  • Week of the sea in Monopolimeetings at the Rendella Civic Library for students of the city, on the theme “Let’s defend sea turtles together”.
  • Blue week in Trani: meetings are planned with the pupils of the lower secondary school at the headquarters of the Italian Naval League to understand the importance of this day. And also a conference on the theme “Marine Environment: what institutions do to protect it”. At the end some specimens of carretta-carretta sea turtle will be released into the sea.
  • Exhibition at MuMa, the small Maritime Museum of Anzio with the patronage of the Municipality and ANMI Sect. Anzio: photographic, video and naval model exhibition. Free admission.
National day of the sea, phrases
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National day of the sea, phrases to understand its importance

We conclude with a series of phrases about the National Day of the Sea which can help us understand the importance of the sea for humanity and for every living being.

For me the sea is a continuous miracle, the fishes that swim, the rocks, the motion of the waves, the ships, with the men on board. What more surprising miracles can there be?
(Walt Whitman)

Man has known hunger, cold and violence for five hundred thousand years.
This is the first human generation that does not know wholesome food and the clean sea.
(Francesco Burdin)

Tell people that the ozone layer is depleting, that forests are being cleared, that deserts are advancing, that the greenhouse effect will raise sea level by 2 meters, that overpopulation is suffocating us, that pollution is there. it’s killing, that nuclear war could destroy us – and they’ll yawn and go to bed for a comfortable nap. But tell them the Martians are landing and they will scream and run away.
(Issac Asimov)

You have destroyed all of nature, the sea, the forests, the air. You have wiped out beauty to make money and get rich.
(Mauro Corona)

Remember that water is always a precious resource, not to be wasted and to be protected.

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