On this day in 2009, the United Nations hosted the first World Oceans Day. It was a celebration of their beauty as well as their service to the environment and the global economy. It is celebrated annually, raising awareness about pollution and protecting the marine ecosystems. The idea of selecting a day to honor the oceans was first brought up in 1992 in the Rio De Janeiro Earth Summit.
In 2002, the World Ocean Network and The Ocean Project celebrated this day along with their affiliated zoos, aquariums and environmental groups. After a long petition drive, the UN designated June 8 as World Oceans Day in 2008.
The ocean covers nearly 70% of the Earth’s surface and produces 50% of the world’s oxygen. More than 600 million people live in coastal regions and depend on the ocean for their livelihood. Most of India’s export is transported via the oceans and marine economic activities contribute 4% of GDP.
Today 90% of big fish population is depleted and 50% of coral reefs have been destroyed.
We are taking more than we can give back. We are destroying the delicate ecological balance and that disruption is manifesting itself in the form of climate change and extinction of species. We all have a responsibility towards our oceans, one that we must fulfill in order to sustain human life in the future.