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World’s Oceans Day 2021
Celebrated on : 8 June 2021,
Theme: The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods
Significance: It reminds everyone of the major role played by the oceans in everyday life. This year world’s ocean day will lead-up to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, which will run from 2021 to 2030
will strengthen international cooperation to develop the scientific research and innovative technologies that can connect ocean science with the needs of society.
Purpose of the day: 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
The oceans live and livelihood:
The ocean constitutes over 70% of the planet. It is a source of life as it supports the sustenance of humanity and that of every other organism on earth.
The ocean produces approximately 50% of the planet’s oxygen.
Oceans are home to most of earth’s biodiversity, and are the main source of protein for more than a billion people around the world.
The oceans are key to our economy with an estimated 40 million people being employed by ocean-based industries by 2030.
Problem faced by oceans
More than 90% of big fish populations have depleted.
Around 50% of coral reefs are destroyed.
The oceans are exploited more than their replenishing power.
To protect and preserve the ocean and all it sustains there isa need to create a new balance, rooted in true understanding of the ocean and how humanity relates to it.
We shall build a connection to the ocean that is inclusive, innovative, and informed by learning from the past.