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World Ocean Day 2021: Impact of human action on ocean

World Ocean Day is observed annually on 8 June to make people aware of the negative Impact of Human activities, such as garbage disposal, sewage, oil leaks from ships on the ocean.

Ground Report | New Delhi: On the occasion of World Ocean Day on June 8, the United Nations (UN) has called for supportable efforts and stopping plastic pollution in order to save the ocean. The United Nations said that ‘Tuesday is #WorldOceansDay, from eating local fish to stopping plastic pollution, we all have to play the role of #SaveOurOcean’. At the same time, the theme of this year’s World Ocean Day is ‘The Ocean: Life and Livelihood’.

It is particularly relevant in the lead-up to the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and will run from 2021 to 2030. According to the United Nations, the purpose of the Decade Theme is to strengthen scientific research and international cooperation to develop innovative technologies that are capable of linking oceanography with the needs of modern society. 

On the occasion of World Environment Day on 5 June, the United Nations Decade from the Restoration of Ecosystem Systems called for the protection and restoration of ecosystems.

While the government needs to implements laws to save our blue planet, the responsibility all falls on the common people to attach them and contribute to safeguarding the water bodies that surround our planets. It is an important part of our earth as it provides us with water, the most integral element that we need in our daily lives.

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However, over the years, the ocean has to bear the impact of man-made destruction. From industrial waste to throwing unwanted litters, it shames damage the earth’s dynamics with its natural resources will lead to a closing and unfortunate end. Therefore, it becomes all the more important to save the oceans around the world.

World Ocean Day History:

The idea of World Oceans Day was first proposed in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The idea was proposed to celebrate the ocean and human’s connection to the sea. After raising awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives, the UN division for ocean affairs introduced important ways people can help protect it.

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World Ocean Day Significance:

UNESCO states that this day is observed to remind everyone that oceans are the lungs of our planet. Awareness is raised about how to conserve it and rescue it from the end of most degradation that is caused by our careless activities. Therefore, World Ocean Day is celebrated for this reason all across the world. 

World Ocean Day Theme:

This year’s theme is ‘The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods’.

According to the UN website, “this year’s annual event will shed light on the wonder of the ocean and how it is our life source, supporting humanity and every other organism on Earth”. The theme is “especially relevant in the lead-up to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, which will run from 2021 to 2030. The Decade will strengthen international cooperation to develop the scientific research and innovative technologies that can connect ocean science with the needs of society”.

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