World Oceans Day was declared an International Day in 2008 to educate and address the world on issues of concern about our oceans and also to celebrate and reinforce our achievements as humans. In June 2017, during the UN Ocean Conference, a special event was held on June 8th to mark its celebration. The Ocean Conference was convened ‘to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.’ 1
The focus for 2019 is Gender and the Ocean. The goal is ‘to build greater ocean and gender literacy, and to discover possible ways to promote gender equality in ocean-related activities such as marine scientific research, fisheries, labour at sea, migration by sea and human trafficking, as well as policy-making and management. The importance of gender equality — in particular for the effective conservation and sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources.’ 2
What It Means For The Rest Of The World
Besides gender equality and the ocean, we must strive to save our oceans:
(1) Beat plastic pollution – this means that we must take responsibility for our actions by using reusable bottles instead of plastic bottles, straws and bags and avoid polluting our oceans. Plastics are very harmful for our oceans.
(2) Beat other pollution such as oil, dirt, farms, septic tanks, etc… – this means to be responsible and avoid polluting our oceans with land based sources pollution and contamination.
(3) Overfishing and Ghostfishing – this means we must try not to overfish and to stop hunting marine animals.
(4) Beat air pollution which causes acidification – this means we must avoid polluting our atmosphere and stop burning fossil fuels.
(5) Keeping coral reefs healthy and protecting them. This is very important for the marine life.
Let’s celebrate World Oceans Day!