June 8th is World Oceans Day and this year’s theme is ‘The Oceans: Life and Livelihoods’. Established by the UN General Assembly on December 5, 2008, this day is celebrated to engage the public of the impact of human actions on the oceans and to raise awareness and engagement of citizens worldwide to mobilize and unite for sustainable management of the world’s oceans.
10 things you can do for the oceans:
Mind Your Carbon Footprint and Reduce Energy Consumption
Make Safe, Sustainable Seafood Choices
Use Fewer Plastic Products
Help Take Care of the Beach
Don’t Purchase Items That Exploit Marine Life
Be an Ocean-Friendly Pet Owner
Support Organizations Working to Protect the Ocean
Oceans are important to life on Earth because they are the lungs to our planet. Oceans produce over half of the world’s oxygen and absorb 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere. As they cover 70% of the Earth’s surface, the oceans transport heat from the equator to the poles, thus regulating our climate and weather patterns.
“No water, no life. No blue, no green.”- Sylvia Plath
“Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time.” – H. P. Lovecraft