On the occasion of World Oceans Day on June 8, Tuesday, the United Nations (UN) has called for sustainable efforts and stopping plastic pollution in order to save the oceans.
“Tuesday is #WorldOceansDay. From eating local, sustainably-sourced fish to stopping plastic pollution, we all have a role to play to #SaveOurOcean,” the UN said.
Theme of World Oceans Day 2021
The theme of this year’s World Oceans Day is ‘The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods’. It is especially relevant in the lead-up to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, which will run from 2021 to 2030.
This was first suggested in 1992 during the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. The aim behind this was to not only celebrate the vast water body and its benefits in our lives but also to raise awareness about what can be done to make it a part of sustainable development. On December 5, 2008, a resolution was passed by the UN General Assembly to designate this day.
According to UN, “Oceans are considered to be the lungs of the planet, a critical part of the biosphere and are a major source of food and medicine.”
“The purpose of the day is to inform and educate people about the impact of human actions on the oceans, develop a worldwide movement of citizens and mobilise and unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the world’s oceans.”
5 reason to #SaveOurOceans
Here are five reasons why we need to protect our Oceans:
- Oceans are an important source of food. They host around eighty percent of the planet’s biodiversity and are the largest ecosystem on Earth.
- Fisheries and aquaculture currently employ millions of people. In addition, many more are employed in follow-up activities, such as handling, processing, and distribution.
- Oceans provide vital renewable energy. Devices are being developed to generate electricity from waves and tides, as well as offshore wind farms.
- Oceans affect our weather. As the oceans are heated by the sun’s rays, water from its surface evaporates and then condenses to form clouds as part of the water cycle. This is how we get our rain and therefore our drinking water.
- Oceans influence our health and well-being. Water is known to calm and reduce anxiety in people and being near blue spaces, such as the ocean, is thought to have positive effects on our mental health.