World Oceans Day: What We Need To Do To Save Our Planet

Today is World Oceans Day, which most people don’t realize because everyone is preoccupied with the testimony of James Comey before the Senate. However, it’s an annual celebration, one that deserves to be celebrated, especially since so many of our oceans are in danger today.

One of the biggest ways that a company named CSIRO in Australia is celebrating the World Oceans Day is by undertaking the world’s largest marine pollution survey. In a press release, the company said that their efforts include working with different countries to not only assess how the litter is negatively affecting their oceans but to work with the companies to reduce the pollution already contained therein.

“CSIRO senior scientist Dr. Denise Hardesty said the project would provide hard numbers on the amount of litter entering the ocean by using real data collected on coastlines and cities across the globe. ‘Up until now we’ve been relying on estimates from 2010 World Bank data, so this will be the first time anyone has brought together a group of countries to look at exactly how much litter is entering the oceans,’ Dr Hardesty said. ‘We will be able to see where the hotspots lie by looking at how people, wind, the shape of the land and storm water moves rubbish into the ocean and then give advice on how to improve this based on science-based interventions.'”

Meanwhile, according to ABC News Online, the Pacific’s greatest leaders all over the world are meeting together today, in honor of World Oceans Day, for the first-ever UN Oceans Conference, wherein they will discuss worldwide efforts to preserve our oceans for future generations.

“Elizabeth Wilson, director of international conservation at Pew Charitable Trusts told Pacific Beat this week that the event is hopeful of starting a change worldwide. ‘This is really a chance for leaders to come together and look at the ocean’s sustainable development goals and what needs to be done specifically on oceans,’ Ms. Wilson said. ‘I think this meeting will be followed by a whole series of other meetings that we hope will be impacted in a positive way.'”

Finally, according to the Hindustan Times, there are many things that we, as the general public, should know about oceans on World Oceans Day. But one of the most important things we should keep in mind is that Earth’s waters are, ultimately, the source of all life on the planet. Without them, no species — whether water-based or not — can survive.

“World Oceans Day comes as United Nations holds the first ever Ocean Conference to address the increasing pressures faced by the earth’s waters that provide food, water and oxygen to the planet. ‘The health of our oceans and seas requires us to put aside short-term national gain, to avoid long-term global catastrophe,’ U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the opening of the week-long event in New York on Monday. Overfishing costs more than $80 billion a year in lost revenues as dwindling supplies require extra effort to find and catch increasingly scarce fish.”

It sounds like we, as a species, need to take the initiative to protect the oceans, as they’re the only ones we’ll ever have.

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