Today we celebrate World Oceans Day, it reminds everyone of the major role and life source the ocean provides. The ocean is a huge body of salt water that covers about 71% of the Earth’s surface and produces at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen.
Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastics enter our ocean on top of the estimated 150 million metric tons that currently circulate our marine environments. Much of this plastic is low-value, single-use plastic like food wrappers, plastic bottles and lids. Additionally, 90% of big fish populations are depleted and 50% of coral reefs destroyed; we are taking more from the ocean than can be replenished.
The theme of this year is ‘Planet Ocean: tides are changing’ – the UN is joining forces with decision-makers, indigenous leaders, scientists, private sector executives, civil society, celebrities, and youth activist to put the ocean first.
We need to work together to create a new balance with the ocean that no longer depletes its bounty, but instead restores its vibrancy and brings new life.
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