World Ocean Day reminds every one of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. They are a critical part of the biosphere and a major source of food and medicine.
The purpose of this Day is to create awareness 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.
Plastic constitutes the majority of ocean litter, accounting for 80% of marine pollution. Most ocean-bound plastics result from improper waste disposal systems that release rubbish into rivers and streams.
Additionally, discarded fishing nets and marine equipment contribute to the problem. Microplastics, measuring less than 5mm in length, are a significant environmental concern as they can be ingested by marine life, potentially causing harm to both animals and humans. It is estimated that between 50 trillion and 75 trillion microplastic pieces are currently in the ocean.
The aim of World Ocean Day is to reduce the reckless pollution and exploitation of oceans and develop sustainable measures to protect them.
Several measures like discouraging the use of plastics, developing strong environmental policies, and implementing rules and regulations to support sustainable seafood choices are some of the effective ways to protect precious natural resources like oceans.
While we all enjoy a trip to the beach, a dip in the sea, or a splendid ocean view at a resort, we must remember that the world’s oceans are under threat.
When you consider that the ocean supplies at least HALF of the world’s oxygen, and is home to most of the planet’s biodiversity, and is the primary source of protein for more than a billion people worldwide, the importance of the oceans is crystal clear.
This year, the United Nations will host a hybrid celebration of the annual event on 8 June 2023, hosted in-person at the UN Headquarters in New York to be broadcasted live.
It will highlight the 2023 theme of “Planet Ocean: tides are changing”.