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.