President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation that declares June to be National Oceans Month, and asks people to take time to recognize the importance of the oceans to human life.
“This month, we reaffirm our responsibility to keep our oceans and coastal ecosystems healthy and resilient,” Obama wrote. “I call upon Americans to take action to protect, conserve, and restore our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes.”
But people who heed Obama’s call may have to carefully budget their time, as June is also African-American Music Appreciation Month. That declaration from Obama comes with its own set of responsibilities.
“During African-American Music Appreciation Month, we celebrate artists whose works both tell and shape our Nation’s story,” Obama declared late last week. “I call upon public officials, educators, and all the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate activities and programs that raise awareness and foster appreciation of music that is composed, arranged, or performed by African Americans.”
Obama has also declared June to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, and calls on people to take action there as well. “I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people,” he said.
But there’s more to do. According to Obama, June is also National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, and Obama has asked people to take time to recognize Caribbean-Americans.
“This month, let us remember that we are always at our best when we focus not on what we can tear down, but on what we can build up,” he wrote. “I encourage all Americans to celebrate the history and culture of Caribbean Americans with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
Anyone who budgets their time right may be able to find room to celebrate the outdoors, since Obama has declared June to be Great Outdoors Month as well.
“This month, as we enjoy the natural splendor of our nation, let us stay true to a uniquely American idea — that each of us has an equal stake in the land around us, and an equal responsibility to protect it,” he wrote. “I urge all Americans to explore the great outdoors and to uphold our nation’s legacy of conserving our lands and waters.”
Anyone who feels worn out might be forgiven, since May was just about as busy. In late April, Obama declared May to be Jewish American Heritage Month, National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, Older Americans Month, National Building Safety Month, and National Foster Care Month.