World Oceans Day 2023: World Oceans Day is a globally recognized awareness event celebrated on June 8 every year. This important event plays an important role in the lives of humans as it highlights the importance of the oceans in sustaining growth and livelihoods. Here’s what you need to know about World Oceans Day.
There are things we can ALL do to make a difference, protect our ocean and #BeatPlasticPollution.
Our choices can inspire big changes.
— United Nations Development (@UNDP)
June 8, 2023
What is World Oceans Day?
The oceans have been the continuous source of making the Earth habitable for all species, be it animals or humans. From clean water to oxygen, the oceans help provide these resources for everyone.
Apart from that, oceans provide livelihood options to people. The UN states “It is estimated that by 2030 there will be 40 million people employed in ocean-based industries.”
However, the continued exploitation of this valuable resource has led to its destruction.
According to the UN, “90% of large fish stocks have been depleted and 50% of coral reefs are destroyed; we are taking more out of the ocean than we can replenish.”
That is why it was essential to protect the valuable resource and that is why the UN General Assembly dedicated June 8 as World Oceans Day.
Now this day is gaining enormous importance as the weather conditions worsen. People are coming together and doing everything they can to reduce pollution and exploitation of the oceans.
The theme for World Oceans Day 2023 is “Planet Ocean: The tides are changing” and emphasizes that the ocean needs our help. Despite its many benefits, the ocean faces a number of threats, including pollution, overfishing and climate change.
These threats are having a devastating impact on marine life and the ocean’s ability to sustain us.
The theme also emphasizes the importance of working together to protect the ocean.
Why is World Oceans Day celebrated on June 8?
World Oceans Day was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2008, this was the result of a proposal by Canada at the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
The choice of June 8 to celebrate World Oceans Day was not a casual decision. The date was chosen in honor of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro from June 3 to 14, 1992.
UN states “Many countries have celebrated World Oceans Day after the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, which was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.”
During this historic conference, leaders and policymakers from around the world gathered to discuss pressing environmental issues, including protecting our oceans.
During this event, Agenda 21, a comprehensive action plan was established that required global, national and local support so that the oceans can be protected and managed.
World Oceans Day serves as a reminder of the commitments made during this conference and the ongoing efforts to implement sustainable practices for the well-being of our oceans.
What is the meaning of World Oceans Day?
World Oceans Day is of immense importance for several reasons:
Raising awareness: Helps raise awareness about the importance of the oceans in regulating the climate, providing food and resources and supporting biodiversity. According to the UN, the oceans absorb 30% of the carbon dioxide released by humans.
The day encourages people to learn more about the challenges facing our oceans and the actions they can take to protect them.
Promoting Conservation: World Oceans Day inspires people to take concrete steps to conserve and sustainably manage our marine resources. It highlights the need to address issues such as overfishing, marine pollution, habitat destruction and climate change.
Empower people: World Oceans Day empowers people to make a difference through small, everyday actions that collectively contribute to the preservation of our oceans.
As it is said: “Little drops of water form the mighty ocean.” Whether it’s reducing plastic waste, supporting the choice of sustainable seafood or participating in coastal cleanups, every effort counts to safeguard our marine ecosystems.
In conclusion, World Oceans Day serves as an important reminder of our responsibility to protect and conserve the oceans for future generations.
If necessary steps are taken, we can encourage a global movement that promotes sustainable practices and ensures the well-being of our oceans.