World Ocean Day 2017: “Our Oceans, Our Future!”
May 30, 2017
Around 70% of the Earth’s surface consists of oceans, and only 5% of its totality has been explored by mankind. Our oceans are very intriguing, odd and magnificent. It is the habitat of 94% of lives that dwell here on Earth. In fact, the deep sea is the largest museum here on Earth. There are more remnants and artifacts in the ocean than in the world’s museums combined. There are many things that are still undiscovered beneath the ocean and that’s why we need to treasure and protect it from further damage, pollution and exploitation. Let us aim to save the oceans and maintain the balance of life here on Earth.
World Oceans Day is observed annually and celebrated every June 8. It has been celebrated officially since its original proposal in 1992 by Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC) at the Earth Summit – UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
This year’s theme is “Our Oceans, Our Future.” The main conservation focus will be on plastic pollution prevention and cleaning the ocean of marine litter. Aside from that, here’s five (5) reasons why we need to celebrate World Oceans Day according to the United Nations:
- To remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe.
- To inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean.
- To develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean.
- To mobilize and unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the world’s oceans. They are a major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere.
- To celebrate together the beauty, the wealth and the promise of the ocean.
We are encouraging everyone to participate and be involved with activities that celebrate World Oceans Day near you. You can conduct activities or organize various events such as arranging information booths, snacks distribution, exhibits, beach clean up with family and friends, poster and slogan making contest, coloring contest for kids, display of related videos for Ocean conservation, photo contests and a lot more. This World Ocean Day celebration provides us a better opportunity to raise awareness for everyone to protect our water resources, save our oceans and prevent ocean spoiling.