World Oceans Day
World Oceans Day takes place annually on the 8th of June. The day has been officially recognised by the United nations since 2008. A network of organisations and passionate people around the planet take action to protect and restore our oceans. The day is aimed at awareness, amongst world leaders as well as ordinary people. The hope is that pressure will make everyone realise how much we need our oceans and to help protect and restore them.
Did you know that oceans absorb almost a quarter of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. However this makes them more acidic, oceans are more acidic now than they ever have been, and this threatens the life underwater. It is essential that we reduce the emissions we produce.
Wave and tidal power have potential to create renewable energy, which will help cut down on fossil fuels. Millions of gallons of oil are spilled into the oceans every year, creating long lasting damage, taking decades for the sealife and sea birds to recover.
Millions of tons of plastic ends up in our oceans, damaging the eco system and killing marine life. Oceans play a huge part in helping to regulate our climate, absorbing the heat oceans act as a buffer against global warming. The extra heat we generate is causing the oceans to expand, rise and threaten coastal communities. When oceans become to hot, the increase in temperature kills the coral, (making it turn white bleaching) which marine life depends on.
Events taking place on World Oceans Day include webinars, art exhibitions, lectures, music, games, photo competitions and much more. It is being celebrated on social media using the hashtags #WorldOceansDay and #ProtectOurHome.
Special events are held at aquariums and zoos, at many outdoor exploration centres. There are organised Aquatic and beach cleanups, as well as educational and conservation programs. It is felt particularly important to get young people involved. They will be the future, helping lead conservation awareness and efforts worldwide.
What does the ocean mean to you, and how you are celebrating World Oceans Day?