Filed under: Defending our Oceans | Tags: greenpeacebuzz, Philippines, UNEP, United Nations, United Nations Environment Programme, World Oceans Day
“The first observance of World Oceans Day allows us to highlight the many ways in which oceans contribute to society. It is also an opportunity to recognize the considerable challenges we face in maintaining their capacity to regulate the global climate, supply essential ecosystem services and provide sustainable livelihoods and safe recreation.”
World Oceans Day (WOD), was officially declared by the United Nations as June 8th each year beginning in 2009.
The Oceans cover more than 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface – they have a significant effect on our climate and play a crucial role in maintaining the many ecosystem services such as fisheries.
The celebration of WOD is an opportunity every year to honor the world’s ocean, celebrate the products the ocean provides, such as seafood, as well as marine life itself for aquariums, pets, and also a time to appreciate its own intrinsic value.
As part of the commemorations of WOD, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has recently released a report that brings to the surface the growing global problem of marine litter.
The report serves as a reminder that carelessness and indifference is proving deadly for our oceans and its inhabitants.
Click here to download the report.
Here at Greenpeace we believe that without the oceans, life on Earth would not be possible.
They pulse across the globe driving the natural forces which maintain life on our planet: providing vital sources of protein, energy, minerals and other products; creating over half our oxygen; driving weather systems and natural flows of energy and nutrients around the world; moderating the climate, absorbing carbon dioxide, and transporting water masses many times greater than all the rivers on land combined.
Dead oceans= a dead planet.
In celebration WOD we believe that this special day is also a day of action as a proper response to the need to defend our oceans because without them, life on Earth cannot exist.
Visit the links below for more information on World Oceans Day.
- Official website for World Oceans Day
- Report Brings to the Surface the Growing Global Problem of Marine Litter
- World Oceans Day: Protecting Oceans Around the Globe
- Greenpeace: Defending our oceans
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