Today is World Oceans Day, a day to acknowledge the amazing benefits of our oceans and raise awareness about how we can collectively protect it. With oceans covering more than 71% of our planet, it should be clear that we need to treat them with care. However, all too often the ocean is dismissed as "too big to fail"and treated as a big human landfill. This cannot continue.
No action is too small to contribute to the wellbeing of our seas, whether it is refusing single-use plastics or picking up a few pieces of trash each week. We can all contribute to healthier oceans so that every generation can benefit and experience what they have to offer.
World Oceans Day was first declared June 8th, 1992 at the Global Forum in Rio de Janeiro before becoming officially designated by the United Nations in 2008. Since then each year features a unique theme to bring attention to the many issues surrounding the sea. This year's theme is "Gender and the Ocean" promoting gender equality in ocean-related activities such as marine scientific research, fisheries, working at sea and more. More information can be found at: https://www.unworldoceansday.org/