World Ocean Day observances to be held this evening

VERO BEACH — Area residents will congregate on local beaches, particularly at Jaycee Beach and Sexton Plaza, at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening to commemorate World Ocean Day and to make a statement about the BP oil spill tragedy on the Gulf Coast.    A resolution passed in December, 2008 by the United Nations General Assembly, officially recognizes June 8th each year as World Oceans Day; particularly timely in light of the current situation. Events and protests are being held by conservationists, environmentalists and concerned citizens nationwide as a call to action in support of ending the United States’ dependence on oil and championing clean, renewable energy.

Organizers are requesting that residents stand as a unified front along the beaches to observe a moment of silence for those killed, to recognize all who have been negatively affected by the disaster, and to ask lawmakers to take strong actions to prevent this type of catastrophe from ever happening again.

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