8 June: World Oceans Day

The World Oceans Day is being observed globally on 8th June every year to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans.

The day also seeks to provide a unique opportunity to honour, protect, and conserve the world’s oceans.

2016 Theme: Healthy oceans, healthy planet”. The theme highlights main urgent need to curb the plastic pollution.

To mark this day variety of activities and actions, such as beach clean-ups  special outdoor explorations, educational and action programs and sustainable seafood events et are organised.

Importance of Oceans

  • Generate most of the oxygen we breathe
  • Provides food thus help to feed us
  • Regulate climate
  • Help to clean the water we drink
  • Offer a pharmacopoeia of medicines

Background

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) had designated 8 June as the World Oceans Day in 2008 by passing its resolution 63/111.

Prior to it was unofficially celebrated every 8 June. In 1992, Canada had prosed celebration of this day at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since 2003, the day has been coordinated by The Ocean Project.

 

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