Since 1992 on 8th June, countries around the world have observed World Ocean Day, with each year a different theme in regards to the ocean. This year’s theme will be ‘The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods’, focusing on the lives and livelihoods which depend on a healthy ocean.
You may be wondering why there is a day dedicated to the ocean. The fact is that we depend on the ocean to produce at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen and absorb approximately 30% of man-made carbon dioxide! The ocean is therefore imperative in reducing the effects of climate change and the catastrophes associated with global warming. On top of this, an estimated 40 million people will be employed by marine-based industries by 2030, making it a key part of the global economy!
Despite all these reasons to preserve the ocean, it is under threat. With over 90% of fish populations depleted and 50% of coral reefs destroyed, we must learn to sustainably use the ocean and protect it before it is too late.
How can I help?
World Ocean Day invites people from all over the world to help in the marine conservation effort. Here are a few ways you can get involved:
- Sign the 30x30 petition here – This petition is calling on world leaders to protect at least 30% of world’s land and oceans by 2030, add your name to the ever-growing list and get your voice heard!
- Attend some events – With most events taking place online this year, there are plenty of things to get involved in from the comfort of your own home! Check out the list here
- Join in on social media and use the hashtags #WorldOceanDay #Protect30x30 #OceanClimateAction – Download your free social media toolkit here
- Spread the word amongst friends and family
- Plan your own event with the evet planning toolkit here and register your event here
- Learn about the ocean through documentaries such as Blue Planet on BBC iPlayer, Seaspiracy on Netflix or Sharkwater Extinction on Amazon Prime
- Help collect litter washed up from the sea in an effort to reduce plastic pollution in our oceans, find a beach clean up near you here
However you get involved with World Ocean Day, let us know using the hashtags #WorldOceanDay #Protect30x30 #OceanClimateAction and help inspire others to do the same!