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Today is World Oceans Day. Here’s why it matters

The ocean covers over 70% of the world’s surface, so it’s safe to say it’s pretty important! Today marks World Oceans Day, a day dedicated to honoring the world’s oceans.

The concept for a ‘World Ocean Day’ was first put forward at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. 2008 saw the event become officially recognized by the UN, and since 2002 The Ocean Project has managed and organized the event which encourages people worldwide to come together and work towards supporting a healthy, happy ocean!

Why does it matter? 

  • The ocean is a crucial part of our survival. Oceans generate most of the oxygen we breathe, help to feed us, regulate our climate and clean the water we drink.
  • World Oceans Day gives us a chance to learn about the world’s oceans, and how we can help to protect them.
  • Pollution of the world’s oceans is increasing, with over 1 million seabirds killed by ocean pollution each year as well as 100,000 sea mammals.

Working to raise awareness of the challenges facing the world’s ocean, this year’s theme is ‘healthy oceans, healthy planet’ and the focus is the prevention of the top source of ocean pollution – plastic. Ways to get involve include beach cleans, festivals and educational projects to name a few.

How will you be celebrating World Oceans Day?

IMG: Dedication to Lippy, Benson Kua / Flickr cc

 

 

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