New Delhi: World Oceans Day is observed every year on June 8 to remind every one of the major role the oceans have in everyday life.
The aim behind the day is to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean, develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean, and mobilize and unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the world’s oceans.
They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe. They are a major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere. It is a day to celebrate together the beauty, the wealth and the promise of the ocean.
The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods” is the theme for World Oceans Day 2021, as well as a declaration of intentions that launches a decade of challenges to get the Sustainable Development Goal 14, “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources”, by 2030.
Ahead of World Oceans Day 2021, here are 6 interesting facts about oceans.
The ocean covers over 70% of the planet. It is our life source, supporting humanity’s sustenance and that of every other organism on earth.
With 90% of big fish populations depleted, and 50% of coral reefs destroyed, we are taking more from the ocean than can be replenished.
The ocean produces at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen.
It is home to most of earth’s biodiversity, and is the main source of protein for more than a billion people around the world.
The ocean is key to our economy with an estimated 40 million people being employed by ocean-based industries by 2030.
Oceans absorb about 30% of carbon dioxide produced by humans, buffering the impacts of global warming.