World Oceans Day 2020: History, significance & this year’s theme
June 8th is celebrated as World Oceans Day to remind everyone about the importance of oceans’ role in our everyday life.
The United Nations day celebrates the role of the oceans in everyday life and inspires action to protect the ocean and sustainably use marine resources. This day holds great significance as we discuss various methods to save oceans for our future generation.
As per the United Nations website, it celebrates World Oceans Day every year on 8 June. Many countries have celebrated this special day since 1992, following the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, held in Rio de Janeiro.In 2008, the United Nations General Assembly decided that, as of 2009, 8 June would be designated by the United Nations as “World Oceans Day”.
This year’s theme for World Ocean Day is ‘Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean’. On this day, people hold several events, seminars, rallies to raise awareness about oceans. But due to the coronavirus outbreak, this year’s celebrations will be held online. The rate by which we are polluting our ocean bodies is alarming. Plastic waste, decreasing levels of water, impurities in water, and others, it is the utmost necessity to preserve and conserve our oceans. This day makes people come together and discuss the innovative ways to save oceans for us and for our future generations.
Oceans cover 71 per cent of the Earth’s surface and hold 97 per cent of the planet’s water. They help feed the world and provide most of the oxygen.
Oceans also play a key role in regulating the weather and climate. Water evaporating from the oceans falls inland as rain, which we then use as drinking water and for growing crops. A variety of life-saving medicinal compounds, including anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer drugs have been discovered in the oceans. The oceans also provide us with abundant opportunities for recreation and inspiration. The ocean is vital to the world’s economy, with more than 90% of trade using sea routes and as a source of jobs for millions of people. The ocean is also the stage for a growing range of new ocean-related economic activities and constant innovations. The sea’s biodiversity is astounding. Scientists have identified some 200,000 marine species but suspect that millions more actually call the oceans home.