World Oceans Day 2020
8th June 2021
The ocean covers approximately 71% of Earth's surface and 90% of the Earth's biosphere.
So many deep sea creatures still remain undiscovered and yet the ones we do know of are rapidly declining due to our careless pollution. It is estimated that if we continue let our waste make its way into our oceans at the rate we are currently, then the ocean will soon have more plastic than fish... Now isn't that disturbing?! Some species may also thrive as the planet warms and the ice caps melt while others dwindle and this is also bad as it puts the various ecosystems out of balance.
Plastic straws and plastic bottles are among the other typical and unnecessary waste products end up filling up our oceans and affecting the diverse marine life in various ways. Plastic is not just consumed by marine life but it also has the tendency to get tangled up with sea creatures killing them, not only that but the plastics actually break down into micro plastics when they've been in the ocean long enough which then spreads through the ocean and is unintentionally consumed by marine life. In the end, we eat the fish out of the ocean and we now consume these micro plastics as they have. Therefore whether or not one cares for the environment, they are still ultimately effected because it now effects their health/diet. This just goes to show how interconnected our health is with the health of our planet.
What can we do?
We can start by collecting rubbish every time we visit a beach.
We can Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose & Recycle!
We can be more cautious of the products we buy and how much unnecessary waste comes with them.
We can spend a little extra money for 'plastic-free alternatives' which will reduce demands of oil mining.
We can buy more local products to lower demands for shipping.
We can invest in more renewable energies & technologies to reduce the demands for fossil fuel mining.
Written by Joel Courtidis.
Together We Can!
"Leading scientists worldwide have determined that we need to protect at least 30% of our blue planet by 2030. World Oceans Day joins with many organizations on this important initiative. By signing the petition you are telling world leaders that you want action too! Working together we can protect our blue planet home for all!"
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"World Oceans Day takes place annually on the 8th of June. The concept was originally proposed in 1992 by Canada's International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC) at the Earth Summit – UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. World Oceans Day was officially recognised by the United Nations in 2008. The International day supports the implementation of worldwide Sustainability Development Goals, and fosters public interest in the management of the ocean and its resources.
The day is marked in a variety of ways, including launching new campaigns and initiatives, special events at aquariums and zoos, outdoor explorations, aquatic and beach cleanups, educational and conservation action programs, art contests, film festivals, and sustainable seafood events. Youth have been playing an increasingly important role since 2015. The World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council has been helping lead conservation awareness and action efforts globally since 2016."