World Oceans Day – 8 June 2020

World Oceans Day is held every year on 8 June to raise awareness of the vital importance of oceans and the role they play in sustaining a healthy planet.

The 2020 World Oceans Day is focussing on growing the global movement and is calling on world leaders to protect 30% of the blue planet by 2030. This critical need is called 30x30. By safeguarding at least 30% of the ocean through a network of highly protected areas we can help ensure a healthy home for all. The year 2020 is pivotal for the ocean. Several early deadlines under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, the goal dedicated to life below water, fall due.

The ocean covers 71% of the planet and its powerful waves and water energy shape the features of the land. As billions of people depend on oceans for their livelihood and food source and on the transboundary nature of oceans, increased efforts and interventions are needed to conserve and sustainably use ocean resources at all levels.

The health of the ocean is essential to human survival.

Fish from the ocean currently are the primary source of protein for one in six people on earth. The ocean could provide over six times more food than it does today, equal to more than two-thirds of the animal protein needed to feed the future global population.

World Oceans Day supporters are focused on ocean conservation and sustainability. For open ocean and deep-sea areas, sustainability can be achieved only through increased international cooperation to protect vulnerable habitats. Establishing comprehensive, effective, and equitably managed systems of government-protected areas should be pursued to conserve biodiversity and ensure a sustainable future for the fishing industry. On a local level, we should make ocean-friendly choices when buying products or eating food derived from oceans and consume only what we need. Selecting certified products is a good place to start.

Protecting the ocean protects our health, our economy, and our children’s future. Everyone can help make sure the oceans continue to be a source of life for generations to come.

World Environment Day PosterWorld Oceans Day Poster 2020 (1.1 MB)

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