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REPORTING · 8th June 2011
Merv Ritchie
Approximately 100 people gathered on the Prince Rupert waterfront to sing a song to show their admiration and respect for the Ocean. The United Nations has recently declared June 8th to be World Oceans Day and this is the first year people around the world have had the opportunity to celebrate the day.

Students and teachers of Conrad Elementary, led by Mae Jong-Bowles, were joined by the Coast Guard Search and Rescue team from the MV Point Henry. After a traditional Tsimshian Peace Song as a welcome they all joined voices in a song being sung across the globe today, June 8, 2011.

Song For The Ocean was written by Kristin Hoffmann from New York City and in an inspirational moment she decided to dedicate this song for World Oceans Day and began spreading the word. The intention is to have it sung all around the world. Hoffman is attempting to track how many people sing the song and asks the singers and choirs to check into the website, www.songfortheocean.com to record the number of songsters.

Prince Ruperts Conrad Elementary jumped the gun to be able to record this event and put up a video on the website.

Watch the video by clicking HERE

As is written on this Youtube Video Link; “Every day should be ‘World Ocean's Day’ and ‘Earth Day’ and as Kristin had written on her website: We are all connected by the Ocean. Our everyday actions affect the world in which we live, and all creatures sharing our planet." Kristin wrote this song because "through singing, we can raise our awareness and get involved in creating positive environmental change."