We celebrate World Oceans Day to remind everyone of the great role that the oceans play in our lives. They are the lungs of our planet, which generate most of the oxygen we breathe.
It also serves to raise public awareness of the consequences that human activity has for the oceans and to launch a global citizen movement in favor of the oceans.
This day wants to mobilize and unite the world population around the objective of the sustainable management of the oceans, which are an important source of food and medicines and an essential part of the biosphere. In short, this celebration is a good reason to celebrate together the beauty, the richness and the potential of the oceans.
This year, under the theme “Let’s clean up our oceans,” the celebration revolves around initiatives to prevent plastic pollution and propose solutions for cleaner oceans.
Pollution by plastic is causing enormous damage to our marine resources; among others:
80% of pollution in the oceans is caused by humans.
8 million tons of plastic per year ends up in our oceans, wreaking havoc on wildlife, fishing and tourism.
Plastic pollution is costing our oceans the lives of one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals per year.
The fish eat the plastic of the oceans and we eat these fish afterwards.
The plastic generates expenses of 8000 million dollars in damages to our marine ecosystem, every year.
Save our oceans
There are many things that we can do ourselves as individuals, in our day to day, to reduce the consumption of plastic.
Remember: Use less plastic and always recycle the plastic you have to use.
Interact on social networks to help clean up our oceans with labels: # Save us from Oceans, # diadelosoceanos.
Each year a photo contest is held over the oceans; in this link Available in English you can see the winning photographs of the last edition. In addition, you will find information on how to participate in the contest.
THE OCEANS AND THE OBJECTIVES OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
The Oceans Conference, the first United Nations conference on this issue, was held from June 5 to 9, 2017. It represented a unique and invaluable opportunity for the world to reverse the deterioration of the health of oceans and seas with concrete solutions.
The Conference also served to promote the advance of objective 14, which is part of the 2030 Agenda adopted by the 193 member states of the UN in 2015. The objective calls for the sustainable conservation and use of oceans, seas and marine resources.