Sarasota, Florida -- Celebrations were held at Mote Marine Laboratories in celebration of World Environment Day.
World Environment Day is the United Nations' principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness for action for the environment. The UN picked Sarasota to release its study on concerns facing small island nations and coastal communities.
The study says alien species, rising sea levels, warmer climate, and loss of man-groves are all concerns for coastal communities.
The UN also chose Sarasota as the place to celebrate because of its advancements in protecting the environment.