2 June 2021

Have you heard about World Ocean Day?

By Joe Brown Account Handler

World Ocean Day is organised by the United Nations (UN) and observed every year on 8th June. Its purpose is to connect people all over the globe with events relating to protecting, conserving and celebrating the world’s oceans. The day also highlights the dangers of marine pollution, destructive fishing practices, and the increased temperatures and acidity caused by climate change.

The UN says:

“With 90% of big fish populations depleted, and 50% of coral reefs destroyed, we are taking more from the ocean than can be replenished. To protect and preserve the ocean and all it sustains, we must create a new balance, rooted in true understanding of the ocean and how humanity relates to it. We must build a connection to the ocean that is inclusive, innovative, and informed by lessons from the past.

“The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods” is the theme for World Ocean Day 2021, as well as a declaration of intentions that launches a decade of challenges to get the Sustainable Development Goal 14, “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources”, by 2030.

Due to the pandemic, this year’s event is presented as an all-day live stream with the theme mentioned above. In addition, there are a number of both in-person and virtual events being run around the world; details are available here.

There is a particular focus on engaging with younger people – the World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council helps to provide new ideas, perspectives and recommendations every year.

To find out more about World Ocean Day, click here.

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