World Oceans Day 2021 is an annual celebration that takes place every June 8th since 1992. The holiday was started as a proposal from Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC) at the Earth Summit organized by the United Nations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992. Today, the holiday is observed by all UN member countries.
What Are Oceans?
An ocean is a big body of water that is one of the major parts of the hydrosphere on the planet. There 5 oceans on Earth: The Pacific Ocean (the biggest), The Atlantic Ocean, The Indian Ocean, The Antarctic (Southern Ocean), and The Arctic Ocean. The oceans are composed of saline water and are home to millions of creatures.
What Lives in the Ocean?
Life thrives in all parts and all depths of the Ocean. There are animals and plants of all shapes and colors, sizes. The ocean is a place where we discover new species of animals and plants every day. Different kinds of fish, marine mammals, all kinds of cute reptiles, sharks, rays, plants, algae, planktons, corals and many more. All life started from these deep blue waters. And it’s magnificent.
Today we are facing devastating facts about life in the deep blue water dying because of pollution. Pollution brought by the only animal species intelligent enough to protect them and their habitats. The greed of men had taken its toll. Many marine mammals are already on the endangered species list.
It’s devastating to know that the Blue Whale, such a magnificent creature, is facing extinction because of us.
Biodiversity is vital for the existence of the planet and for survival. Every day we are losing endangered animals in the oceans because of pollution. Dumping oil, dumping trash and undegradable substances in the ocean happen every day. Every day we are facing with dead seals on the shores, dead fish, starved penguins, and polar bears that have no place to live anymore.
This is a List of the Most Endangered Animals Living on the Planet That Resides in the Ocean
- Hawksbill Turtle
- Blue Whale
- Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle
- Steller Sea Lion
- Hammerhead Shark
- Fin whale
- Hector’s Dolphin
- Hawaiian Monk Seal
- Green sea turtle
The Theme of World Oceans Day 2021
This year’s focus on World Oceans Day is Take Climate Action. Each human on the planet should strive to protect 30% of our blue planet, namely the oceans for a healthy ocean and climate for future generations.
With the help of everyone human and an association of countless worldwide organizations, we will be able to support and expand this global movement to protect 30% of our oceans come the year 2030 (“30×30”).
It is essential to maintain a healthy ocean as this forms a critical part of the available solutions to the current climate crisis. By supporting the 30×30 movement, we can protect our planet’s life support systems – specifically the underlaying issues of sea, temperature, and biodiversity.
Decisions about the way forward in maintaining our oceans are being discussed this year by world leaders, and they need your input as well! The actions that our leaders take in 2020 will determine the health of our oceans and the security of future generations for many more years to come.
How Can You Celebrate World Oceans Day?
The change you want to see in the world starts with you. This year, in honor of the plastic pollution theme, you can start with recycling, or if you already recycle, upgrade to using only the absolute necessary plastic items that are made of reusable plastic. Start today by completely avoiding plastic bags from supermarkets and use only cotton shopping bags. Completely avoid buying plastic straws.
Spread the word among your friends and family, and on your social media. Use the hashtags #WorldOCeansDay , #SaveOurOceans and #ILoveVeterinary.
Happy World Oceans Day
If you enjoyed this article why not indulge in one of our other animal observances that takes place in June, such as National Pollinator Week.
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