Today is World Ocean Day. A day where we can make a big splash about the collective actions we can take to protect our oceans.
All the facts
The ocean is actually pretty fundamental to supporting life on earth. It produces 50% of the planet’s oxygen and absorbs about 30% of all the carbon dioxide we produce. It also covers a whopping 70% of the planet. So it’s safe to say it’s pretty important. But right now we aren’t doing such a good job of looking out for it. The ocean gets the worst of global warming, with 90% of warming over the last 50 years happening in the ocean. We’ve also over-fished, leading to 90% of big fish populations being depleted, and 50% of coral reefs are destroyed. All in all, not good.
All the history
So that’s where World Ocean Day comes in. It all started in 1992 when two of Canada’s ocean organisations suggested it at the UN Earth Summit. The Ocean Project started in 2002 and the UN finally agreed to recognise the 8th June as World Ocean Day in 2008 (come on guys, get with the program). Since then the World Ocean Day organisation works all year. In 2020 they launched their ongoing campaign to get world leaders to protect 30% of the ocean by 2030. This year’s World Ocean Day theme is ‘revitalization: collective action for the ocean’. This is a call for us to all work together to protect the ocean and restore it to its former glory.
Want to get involved?
If you want to get involved you can head to the UN website or World Ocean Day to register an event or find an event near you. Or you can also help from the comfort of your own home through the Bagboard instagram campaign. Head over to our instagram to remove a piece of plastic from the ocean just by liking our post. I mean that’s a no brainer right?
If you’re feeling extra love for the ocean: you can sign the World Ocean Day petition to get world leaders working towards protecting 30% of the ocean by 2030.