World Oceans Day – 8 June

World Oceans Day – 8 June

The concept of a ‘World Oceans Day’ was first proposed at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

The oceans have a major role in everyday life. They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe. They are a major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere.

The purpose of World Oceans Day is to remind the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean, develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean, and mobilize and unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the world’s oceans.

You can make a difference today – and every day — by doing simple things like carrying your own water bottle, coffee cup and shopping bags, recycling the plastic you buy, avoiding products that contain microplastics and volunteering for a local clean-up.”
— António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations

Action focus for 2018: preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean

Plastic pollution is causing tremendous harm to our marine resources.

  • 80% of all pollution in the ocean comes from people on land.
  • 8 million tonnes of plastic per year ends up in the ocean, wreaking havoc on wildlife, fisheries and tourism.
  • Plastic pollution costs the lives of 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals per year.
  • Fish eat plastic, and we eat the fish.
  • Plastic causes $8 billion in damage to marine ecosystems each year.

There are many things we can all do as individuals to reduce our plastic consumption.

Remember: Use less plastic and recycle the plastic you must use.

Spread the word: Please use these hashtags in social media: #WorldOceansDay#SaveOurOcean.

 

 

 









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