World Ocean Day is celebrated to remind everyone of the major role of oceans in our lives and in the life of the planet. The purpose of the Day is to inform, develop, mobilize and unite. Inform about the impact of human actions on the ocean. Develop a worldwide movement of citizens for protecting and preserving the ocean. Mobilize and unite the people on a project or projects on sustainable management of the world’s oceans.
The action focus of 2018 is preventing plastic pollution and encouraging “healthy solutions” for the ocean. According to the UN organization:
• 80% of all pollution in the ocean comes from people on land.
• 8 million tonnes of plastic per year ends up in the ocean, wreaking havoc on wildlife, fisheries and tourism.
• Plastic pollution costs the lives of 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals per year.
• Fish eat plastic, and we eat the fish.
• Plastic causes $8 billion in damage to marine ecosystems each year.
United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres issued a statement in which he cited shocking statistics such as the number of microplastics in the ocean that is outnumbering stars in the galaxy. “From remote islands, to the Arctic, nowhere is untouched. If present trends continue, by 2050 our oceans will have more plastic than fish”. While plastic isn’t the problem, the way we consume it is. Big industrial, fashion, food companies are aligning their politics to UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. But there are many things that we can do as individuals also no matter where we live: use, reuse, recycle. Use less plastic, reuse it and then recycle. Find alternatives to plastic that you can use everyday: textile bags, glass bottles, paper straws etc. Spread the word by using #WorldOceanDay , #SaveOurOcean
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