The ocean covers more than 70% of the planet. It is our source of life, which sustains the sustenance of humanity and all other organisms on earth.
The ocean produces at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen, is home to most of the earth’s biodiversity, and is the main source of protein for more than a billion people around the world. Not to mention, the ocean is key to our economy, with an estimated 40 million people employed by ocean industries by 2030.
Despite all its benefits, the ocean now needs support.
With 90% of large fish stocks depleted and 50% of coral reefs destroyed, we are taking more from the ocean than can be replenished. To protect and preserve the ocean and all that it supports, we must create a new balance, rooted in a true understanding of the ocean and how humanity relates to it. We must build a connection to the ocean that is inclusive, innovative and based on lessons from the past.
The Ocean Project has coordinated World Oceans Day on June 8 for the past 17 years. It is a crucial environmental problem. We get both food and medicine from the deep blue, and this helps keep the climate under control. Oh, and there is that thing about water being the “lung of the earth”; It turns out that most of the oxygen we breathe comes from the ocean. We always felt that the waves gave us a little life. (Okay, once or twice it was the lifesaver, but that doesn’t diminish the value of one of our most valuable resources.) However, if we don’t take the necessary steps to preserve it, we will lose much more than one place for a weekend getaway. So dive in and do your part to keep the big blue strong.
HOW TO OBSERVE WORLD OCEANS DAY
Make a promise
Not sure what to do for World Oceans Day? The Ocean Project website will give you tons of ideas for celebrations. But if you’d rather have someone else take the reins, it will point you to some festivities in your neighborhood. In addition, you will have the opportunity to commit to the planet.
Clean the beach
One of the best ways to celebrate our beautiful ocean is, of course, to visit it. However, keep sustainability in mind. Lighting your barbecue? Go to the store to buy supplies with a reusable tote bag instead of a plastic one. Having a party? Bring your own plates instead of throwing away the plastic ones. After thinking so much about conservation, it would be a shame to throw it all away, throw it all on the beach. So clean up after your party and hopefully others will follow your example.
Take the challenge “We are blue, say two”
This may be surprising, but the color to use for World Oceans Day is blue. Finding the right outfit shouldn’t be difficult. However, you will have to learn two facts about the ocean to tell others. It could be something you’ve learned here, or some knowledge from your fellow “We are blue, count two” challengers. It’s probably not the best idea to tell the same facts to the person who taught you, but repetition brings it true. Whatever you choose, have fun and stay blue!
Why do we celebrate World Oceans Day?
The purpose of the Day is to inform the public about the impact of human actions in the ocean, to develop a global movement of citizens for the ocean and to mobilize and unite the world population in a project for the sustainable management of the world’s oceans.
Who started World Oceans Day?
The concept was originally proposed in 1992 by the International Center for Ocean Development Canada (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC) at the Earth Summit – United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.