International: 8/6/18 Is World Oceans Day.

World Oceans Day takes place every 8 June. It has been celebrated unofficially since its original proposal 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.[1] The Brundtland Commission, i.e. the World Commission on Environment and Development, provided the inspiration for a global oceans day. The 1987 Brundtland Report noted that the ocean sector lacked a strong voice compared to other sectors. At the first World Oceans Day in 1992, the objectives were to move the oceans from the sidelines to the center of the intergovernmental and NGO discussions and policy and to strengthen the voice of ocean and coastal constituencies world wide.

 

Read more –  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Oceans_Day

 

 

Ever since the United Nations declared June 8th to be World Oceans Day in 2002, people and groups from around the world have used the occasion to celebrate the ocean and take steps to protect it. Now, with the ocean facing more threats than ever, it’s time for all of us to come together to protect our treasured marine environment.

 

Eco Watch – https://www.ecowatch.com/world-oceans-day-make-a-difference-2575124896.html

 

https://www.gdrc.org/oceans/oceans-day.html

 

http://www.un.org/en/events/oceansday/

 

We celebrate World Oceans Day to remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe. The purpose of the Day is to inform 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. They are a major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere. In the end, it is a day to celebrate together the beauty, the wealth and the promise of the ocean.

Action focus for 2018: preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean

 

Plastic pollution is causing tremendous harm to our marine resources. For example:

  • 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.


Change starts with you

 

 

 

One Response

  1. So sad… and still, men do not care! Selfishness and anthropocentrism is going to ruin the planet Earth. We speak about it, we write about it, there are many dystopian movies showing what may happen, bust still men do not care and just go on with the same bad customs.

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