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June 8: World Ocean Day 2021

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World Ocean Day is observed globally on 8th June every year. Owing to the pandemic, all the celebrations on 8th June 2021 will happen virtually.

Highlights:

  • On the occasion of World Oceans Day 2021, the United Nations (UN) has called for sustainable efforts and stopping plastic pollution in order to save the oceans.
  • Speakers from different fields, including scientists, environmentalists, oceanographers, geologists, experts in solid waste management, marine biologists, volunteers, NGO representatives and others will participate in the World Ocean Day celebrations.
  • Tadi Deepika, a native of Antarvedi in East Godavari district, has got an opportunity to represent India in a virtual meeting being organized by the United Nations Organisation (UNO) on the occasion of World Oceans Day-2021.
  • She works with an NGO on waste management in coastal villages.

World Ocean Day 2021 Theme:

  • The theme of World Ocean Day 2021 is ‘The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods’.
  • This year’s theme is especially relevant in the lead-up to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, Goal 14, “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources”, which will run from 2021 to 2030
  • The Decade will strengthen international cooperation to develop scientific research and innovative technologies that can connect ocean science with the needs of society.

About World Ocean Day:

  • The day is observed annually on June 8.
  • This day is observed to raise global awareness about the importance of the ocean in our lives and the ways through which we can protect it
  • The day provides governments across the world an opportunity to inform people about impact of economic activities and human actions on ocean.

World Ocean Day History:

  • This was first suggested in 1992 during the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
  • The aim behind this was to not only celebrate the vast water body and its benefits in our lives but also to raise awareness about what can be done to make it a part of sustainable development.
  • On December 5, 2008, a resolution was passed by the UN General Assembly to designate this day.
  • The first World Oceans Day was observed in the year 2009 with the theme ‘Our Oceans, Our Responsibility’.

World Ocean Day Significance:

  • Oceans, seas and coastal areas form an integrated and essential component of the Earth’s ecosystem and are critical to sustainable development.
  • UNESCO states that this day is observed to remind everyone that oceans are the lungs of our planet.
  • In order to preserve them, it is necessary to spread awareness, World Oceans Day informs people about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives and the important ways they can help protect it.
  • Awareness is raised about how to conserve it and rescue it from the eventual degradation that is caused by our careless activities.

About International Marine Organization:

  • International Marine Organization was formed in 1973.
  • The organization was formed to address issues of pollution from ships by oil, noxious liquid substances which are carried in bulk, garbage, sewage, garbage and to check air pollution from ships.

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