8 June is the annual World Oceans Day, a day to celebrate, learn about, and take action to protect and conserve the world’s oceans. World Oceans Day has been promoted and run by The Ocean Project since 2002, and has been officially recognised by the United Nations since 2008.
Oceans are crucial to our survival in many ways, including generating oxygen that we breathe, absorbing carbon dioxide emissions, regulating the climate, and feeding us. However, human activity has created serious problems that are damaging our oceans, such as unsustainable fishing practises, pollution, climate change and ocean acidification.
This year, the theme is, “Our oceans, our future,” and the main conservation focus will be on the prevention of plastic pollution and cleaning the ocean of rubbish. The Ocean Project have provided free resources on plastic pollution for those who would like to take action on this important issue.
The 2017 theme is also connected to the first ever United Nations Ocean Conference, which is taking place from 5-9 June this year. The conference will focus on solutions for reversing the decline of ocean health, and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal 14, to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.”
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