World Oceans Day, History and Significance
Our planet Earth is fortunate to have all of the necessary ingredients for life to thrive, including water, in addition to the air we breathe and the land we walk on. Water, which can be found in the form of oceans, lakes, rivers, and subsurface waters, distinguishes Earth from other planets in the Solar System.
Water is critical to socio-economic growth. Water is essential for human health and survival, as it provides essential functions to the human population. We cannot imagine things like food, oxygen, or the human population without it.
The Indian Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Southern (Antarctic) Ocean, and the Arctic Ocean are the oceans that make up much of the Earth’s hydrosphere. The ocean has 97 percent of the water on our globe, and it is all saline. Oceans are essential to life, as they play a role in the carbon cycle and influence climate and weather patterns.
Despite the fact that water covers 71 percent of the Earth’s surface, just 2.5 percent of it is fresh and suitable for human use. Though the natural recycling mechanism has kept the amount of fresh water on Earth relatively stable, the world’s population explosion has increased demand and competition.
The ocean supplies at least half of the world’s oxygen is home to the majority of the planet’s biodiversity and is the primary source of protein for over a billion people worldwide. Not to mention, the ocean is critical to our economy, with ocean-based sectors expected to employ 40 million people by 2030.
What is World Oceans Day?
World Oceans Day is celebrated annually on 8 June. World Oceans Day is a day when the entire world comes together to honour the ocean. The topic for this year is “The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods.” UNWOD 2021 will feature keynotes, panel discussions, and presentations that highlight biodiversity, the newest oceanic discoveries, the interconnection between the ocean and its ecosystems, and more in celebration and support of the life and livelihood that the ocean provides.
Human Rights at Sea is a Friend of World Oceans Day (FOWD), an informal community convened under the DOALOS (the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea) to support individuals and organizations working in the field of ocean affairs in commemorating United Nations World Oceans Day (UNWOD) on June 8 and related activities.
History about World Oceans Day
Oceans Day was first observed on June 8, 1992, in Rio de Janeiro, at the Global Forum, a side event of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) that allowed non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society to express their concerns about environmental issues.
The Declaration was inspired by the Oceans Institute of Canada’s “OCEANS DAY AT THE GLOBAL FORUM – THE BLUE PLANET,” which was held on that day and was backed by the Canadian government. International experts, opinion leaders, and people in a position to speak for the oceans’ contributions to the Blue Planet’s sustainability were featured on the show.
The UN Secretary-broad General’s range of concerns in 2008, including implementation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, maritime space, international shipping, maritime security, marine science and technology, marine biological diversity, and the marine environment, reflected the need and scope for celebrating the World Oceans Day.
The topic of the United Nations’ first World Oceans Day commemoration in 2009 was “Our Oceans, Our Responsibility.” “The first World Oceans Day commemoration allows us to highlight the myriad ways in which oceans benefit society. It’s also an opportunity to acknowledge the significant challenges we face in retaining their ability to control global climate change.
The goal of the Day is to raise public awareness about the effects of human actions on the ocean, to build a global citizen movement for the ocean, and to mobilise and unite the global population behind a project for the long-term management of the world’s oceans.
How to celebrate World Oceans Day?
Participate in the World Oceans Day event or activity. Hundreds of events have been planned around the world to honour World Oceans Day.
- Seafood (and meat) should be avoided.
- Gather your friends and watch a film about the ocean
- Single-use plastics should be avoided
- Take a deep breath and appreciate the ocean
What is the difference between a sea and an ocean?
Seas are smaller than oceans in terms of geography, and they are frequently found where land and ocean collide. Seas are usually partially encircled by land. …… Seas are smaller than oceans and are found when land and ocean collide. Seas are usually partially encircled by land.
Status of Oceans
We are extracting more from the ocean than can be restored, with 90 percent of major fish populations decimated and 50 percent of coral reefs devastated. To safeguard and maintain the ocean and everything it supports, we must strike a new balance based on a real understanding of the ocean and humanity’s relationship with it. We need to create an ocean connection that is inclusive, innovative, and guided by lessons learned from the past. Hence, by celebrating World Oceans Day we can reinforce this fact amongst everyone.
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