The World Oceans Day 2019 will happen on June 8 this year. The day was proposed by the ICOD (International Centre for Ocean Development) of Canada and the OIC (Ocean Institute of Canada) during the Earth Summit for UNCED (United Nations Conference on Environment and Development) in Brazil.
The first World Oceans Day was celebrated in 1992, which is 27 years ago! The main objective of the day is to bring ocean problems in the public and government eye. This day is also celebrated to strengthen the voice of our oceans and all coastal constituencies in our world.
5 facts about Ocean Pollution
- Nearly 80 percent of all pollution present in our oceans belongs to the people who live on land.
- Around 80 million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans every year.
This destroys the natural habitats of marine animals.
- Plastic alone is responsible for the death of nearly 1 million seabirds every year and nearly 100,000 marine animals per year.
- We eat fish, but do you know fishes eat plastic too?
- Plastic alone damages our marine ecosystem that is worth $8 Billion USD per year.
World Oceans Day serves as a reminder to everyone the major role of oceans in our life, our ocean is often referred to as the lungs of the earth as it provides the majority of the oxygen we breathe and the impacts of our actions that brings harm to the ocean.
Oceans serve as a major source of medicine, food, and a critical part of our biosphere. We should all act before it’s too late.
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Some Laws that were signed to help control marine pollution:
- In 1948, Harry Truman signed a law that was known as the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. The law allowed the government of the US to control marine pollution in their country.
- In 1972, the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act was passed by the Council on Environmental Quality. The act allows governments to control ocean dumping.
- In 1973 and 1978, the MARPOL 73/78 treaty was written in order to control vessel pollution, particularly oil pollution, and in 1983 the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships enforced the treaty worldwide.
- In 1982, the UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) was made with the hopes of protecting our marine environment by governing states to control their pollution to the ocean. The law placed restrictions on the number of pollutants and toxins that come from all ships in the world.
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The World Oceans Day is celebrated each year to help protect, conserve, and honor our oceans. The ocean provides us many resources and mainly Oxygen, something that we need in order to survive.
Oceans provide, food sources, climate regulation, medicine, and many more.
So on this World Ocean Day, AIR is helping to bring awareness of this day so we could know what is happening to our oceans.