“We are here today to protect the lifeblood of our planet” stated the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres during the opening session of the first Ocean Conference of the United Nations. Over the last years, there have been an increasing consideration on the degradation of oceans as a threat for our world.
This conference is one more step towards achieving global awareness of the urgent need to take care of our oceans, to secure the future of humanity. Over the course of a week, this historic conference will discuss the challenges faced by oceans, and bring solutions to achieve sustainable development. The main issues discussed will range from marine pollution and conservation of marine ecosystem to ocean acidification and marine technology development.
While the global community gathers at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, you will have the opportunity to join the movement for oceans on June 8. This year, the World Oceans Day theme is “Our Oceans, Our Future”. It aims to raise awareness around the world about a rising emergency, and enhance the development of local initiatives to make change happen at all levels. Covering about two-thirds of the surface of the Earth, oceans are the very foundation of life. Through overexploitation, marine pollution, habitat destruction, climate change and ocean acidification, oceans are threatened by human activity.
This year, the World Oceans Day focus on plastic pollution prevention and cleaning the ocean of marine litter. Considering that 9.5 million tons of additional plastic waste flow into the ocean every year, the challenge of plastic is more important than ever. Moreover, for every three tons of fish swimming in the oceans, there could be one ton of plastic in marine waters by 2025. To avoid this becoming a reality, innovative solutions are being developed to clean the oceans. But in the meantime, it belongs to everyone to be careful of our environment.
Indeed, your participation matters. On June 8, join an event near you, or spread the word on social media, using the hashtag #WorldOceansDay. Taking action for oceans can take many easy forms. Encourage individuals to think about what the ocean means to them and what they offer and learn about how your daily actions affect marine life. Finally make small modifications to your everyday habits and become a caretaker of our oceans.
To learn more about the World Oceans Day, please, visit the official website at: http://www.worldoceansday.org/