World Oceans Day: Do you know why our planet is called a blue planet? Not only because it looks blue if you look at earth from outer space, but also because the ocean covers over 70% of the Earth.
World Oceans Day 2021 significance
Our whole life is dependent on the presence of the oceans, and it is this ocean which enables humanity’s sustenance. They act as the lungs of our planet and provide a major source of food and medicine. They also play a critical role in maintaining our biosphere. Therefore we celebrate World Oceans Day on 8th June every year.
The Present Status of our Oceans
The ocean produces at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen, it is home to most of earth’s biodiversity, and is the main source of protein for more than a billion people around the world.
But do we respect what we get from the oceans? Today our such valuable resource is under threat. With 90% of big fish populations depleted, and 50% of coral reefs destroyed, we are taking more from the ocean than can be replenished.
We must create a new balance to protect and preserve the ocean before we lose all the benefits from oceans.
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World Oceans Day history
The idea of World Oceans Day was first proposed in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The idea was proposed to celebrate the ocean and human’s connection to the sea. They wanted to generate awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives, and how important it was to protect it.
World Oceans Day 2021 theme
“The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods” is the theme for World Oceans Day 2021.
This year a declaration of intentions has been made that launches a decade of challenges to get the Sustainable Development Goal 14, “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources”, by 2030.
This year’s theme is especially relevant in the lead-up to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, which will run from 2021 to 2030. The Decade will strengthen international cooperation to develop the scientific research and innovative technologies that can connect ocean science with the needs of society.
The Covid Pandemic has taught a lesson that unless we respect what we have got in nature, nature will never show mercy. Today Oceans need our support and in return will give its support to not only the complete humanity but to the entire life system on this earth.