World Oceans Day celebrations look a little different this year

James Marshall
June 10, 2020

"For over 10,000 years people here have been utilizing the ocean for a helpful way of life by subsisting through it's wild foods and by traversing our marine highways and trading along coastlines", Wilson says, "There's just a tremendous amount of richness that Alaskans experience because of our oceans".

"I urge governments and all stakeholders to commit to the conservation and sustainability of the oceans through innovation and science", Guterres said in his message for the World Oceans Day, an worldwide day that is observed annually on June 8.

National Geographic said human activities affect almost all parts of the ocean and lost and discarded fishing nets continue to lethally snare fish, seabirds, and marine mammals as they drift.

As the world mark's World Oceans Day, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, has decried the human activities that adversely impact Ghana's marine and coastal resources.

The Secretary- General noted that a better understanding of the oceans is essential. More than 3 billion people depend on marine biodiversity for their livelihood. Take a minute and look at these interesting facts: Oceans provide us with half the world's oxygen and hosts eighty percent of life on the planet and acts as the largest carbon sink of the world! Globally, the call is out to protect 30% of the world's oceans by 2030. We are indeed linked to our oceans in all possible aspects.

IMO's vision is to eliminate, or reduce to the barest minimum, all adverse environmental impact from ships, including that on the oceans.

You might be eating plastics in your food if measures are not put in place to end plastic pollution in oceans.

He indicated that by working together, "we can and will protect and restore our shared oceans". "We have the power to make a difference, so let's be the generation of change & save marine life from pollution".

2020 was set to be a "super year for the oceans", with the conclusion of a new treaty to protect biodiversity on the high seas, and the second UN Ocean Conference to progress work on SDG 14, to mention a few.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Monday urged governments to commit to the conservation and sustainability of the world's oceans amid the continuing global fight against coronavirus pandemic. The goal is to develop a plan with clear guidelines on where we want to go in the next ten years in terms of protecting the oceans.

This year's celebration would focus on innovations that have the potential to address the challenges of the oceans. Last week, I had the opportunity to take part in several high-level meetings on ocean matters, and I was very encouraged by the energy and determination that the ocean community showed.

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