published on 8 June 2018 in water
World Oceans Day
8 June is World Oceans Day, established on 8 June 1992 during the environmental summit in Rio de Janeiro – and recognised by the United Nations too in 2008 – to underline the importance of this inestimable common heritage, covering 71% of our planet. The oceans, in fact, regulate the climate, provide sustenance to millions of people every year, produce most of the oxygen we breathe, are home to an incredible amount of biodiversity, provide us with important drugs and much more!
The theme of World Ocean Day 2018 is “Clean our ocean”, with numerous events organised all over the world, to raise awareness on the subject of the waste, and in particular of plastic, that is suffocating our seas. Each year, in fact, we produce over 300 million tons of plastic and at least 8 million tons of it end up in the sea. If we do not change our lifestyle, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish.
In order to ensure the health and safety of present and future generations, it is important that each of us accepts responsibility for taking care the oceans, just as the oceans are taking care of us. Today the seas of the entire world are threatened by a growing human impact: overfishing, pollution, intensive development of maritime transport and infrastructures and acidification caused by climate change, which has devastating impacts on many oceanic systems, in particular on coral reefs. Currently less than 4% of oceans are protected, so protected areas constitute a minimal part of the total area. Yet protecting the oceans would bring significant benefits, also from the economic point of view.
To find out more about the World Oceans Day click here.