The Ocean Project has promoted and coordinated World Oceans Day globally since 2002. Get together with your family, friends, community, and the planet to start creating a better future. Working together, we can and will protect our shared ocean.
The day is marked in a variety of ways, including launching new campaigns and initiatives, special events at aquariums and zoos, outdoor explorations, aquatic and beach cleanups, educational and conservation action programs, art contests, film festivals, and sustainable seafood events.
The oceans of the world occupy almost 70 percent of our world and its astonishing that we call our planet “earth” not “ocean”. They provide food for billions of people all over the world and also facilitate the transportation of cargo and also passengers. The oceans also prepare best places of recreation and fun for kids and matures. The people consider oceans as an indestructible and infinite source of food all along the history. However, it emerges incorrect these days due to plastic pollution, overfishing and so on. Unfortunately, fish of the oceans are disappearing of our dinner plates and when it happens and comes true, the impact could be malnutrition and starvation for those who rely on fish as major food.
WHY CELEBRATE WORLD OCEANS DAY?
Commemorating World Oceans Day is a way to remind everyone of the major role the oceans in our everyday life. They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe. Furthermore, this day is an opportunity 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.
Scientists believe that phytoplankton contribute between 50 to 85 percent of the oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere. They aren’t sure because it’s a tough thing to calculate.
The other important roles of ocean for our life:
• Provides major source of food and medicines
• Regulates our climate
• Cleans the water we drink
• Offers a pharmacopoeia of medicines
• Provides limitless inspiration!
Oceans; dumping ground for plastics
According to some findings, an estimated 8 million tons of plastics find their way into the oceans each year. The material can be found in the deepest ocean trenches or circulating around and around, where it can potentially entangle, choke or kill aquatic life.
Ocean plastic is a minefield for marine creatures, affecting everything from microscopic plankton to giant whales. One study estimated that the debris can be found in the majority of all species of seabirds. Another study found that if we continue to consume plastics in a business-as-usual scenario, the ocean is expected to contain one ton of plastic for every three tons of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastics than fish by weight. Of course, the proliferation of plastic and microplastics has prompted concerns that they might work their way up the food chain to us.
Changing ourself, the first step
However, what can we do to terminate the steady destruction of the oceans? Are healthy oceans compatible with our industrial world? It’s up to each one of us to help ensure that our ocean is healthy for future generations. It is obvious that governments should protect oceans by enacting strict controls on ocean plastic dumping as the first step. There are many other things we can do as individuals to reduce our plastic consumption like avoiding of using single use plastics and replacing them with reusable ones. Informing people to change their perspective related to oceans and try to encourage individuals to think about what the ocean means to them and their life. Undeniably, it is up to us to save oceans for present and the future generations. Making small modifications about saving oceans to your everyday habits, will make a difference involving your family, friends, and community will benefit our blue planet even more!
Maybe some individuals despaired of highly polluted oceans and extinguished species, however scientists believe that it is not too late to save oceans, but we must start at once to take necessary steps.