World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day is observed on June 8th every year, it was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2008. It is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future while raising awareness of the crucial role the oceans play in our planet.

Oceans are the lungs of our planet, they cover about two-thirds of the surface of the Earth and provide most of the oxygen we breathe. Oceans are also a major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere. They are important economically for countries that rely on tourism, fishing and other marine resources for income and serve as the backbone of international trade.

Unfortunately, human pressures, including over exploitation, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, destructive fishing, as well as unsustainable aquaculture practices, marine pollution, habitat destruction, alien species, climate change and ocean acidification are taking a significant toll on the world’s oceans and seas.

Why 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.
  • To inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean.
  • To develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean.
  • To 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.
  • To celebrate together the beauty, the wealth and the promise of the ocean.

This year’s action theme for World Oceans Day 2018 will be preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean. The Ocean Project continues to expand the youth-focus of World Oceans Day by further expanding the Youth Advisory Council with the addition of 10 new members. The young minds help to shape and improve World Oceans Day as it grows through the years, providing new perspectives, ideas, and recommendations. Together with the Youth Advisory Council, The Ocean Project and its growing network of partners in 120 countries help rally the world each June and expand ocean conservation year-round.

Investors Trust is committed to the planet by contributing to healthy practices that keep our waterways and oceans safe. Join us in spreading awareness of World Oceans Day!

Source: worldoceansday.org


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