8th June is celebrated as World Ocean day every year. It was originally proposed in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and later officially recognized by United Nations. World Ocean Network, The Ocean Project and many other organizations having interests in ocean organize various events like beach clean-ups, school projects and environmental presentations to feature the value of ocean resources every year. Sylvia Earle, who is a National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence and feasibly the world’s most recognized living oceanographer says, “I think of the ocean as the blue heart of the planet.”
People around Asia, Africa, Europe, and America are going to celebrate ‘World Ocean Day’ in following ways:
Plan a movie in your vicinity on ocean documentaries such as End of the line, Sharkwater.
Reduce, reuse, and refuse plastics. Find alternative ways to reuse the plastic and make use of reusable shopping bags whenever you go out for shopping.
Try to cook sustainable seafood recipes.
Guide the youth regarding the importance of oceans by teaching a fun lesson.
Various factors like the crisis of plastic pollution and growing, the disastrous disaster of a failed drilling rig or shipping accident, piracy in Arabian waters, the trade impacts of an expanded Panama Canal, the decline of fisheries across the world economy, relaxed ocean guidelines and increased drilling and mining have a negative impact on the climate of oceans.
When we stand by the sea by closing the eyes we get the real sense of life. We will try to preserve oceanic ecosystem only when we understand its role in our life as it is the main source of water, food, and energy. If on this Ocean Day we realize that acts like ignoring a system of governance could be really self-destructive, we could then change our behavior and behavior of others from one person to millions who believe that ocean can be returned from scarcity to abundance, from conflict to accommodation, from exploitation to sustainability, from ignorance to intelligent action for our future.