The World Oceans Day events are celebrated on 8th of June every year. We celebrate the day to remind everyone about the major role the oceans have in everyday life. A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival. Every year, World Oceans Day provides a unique opportunity to honour, help protect, and conserve our world’s shared ocean. They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe. The purpose of the Day is to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean, develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean, and mobilize and unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the world's oceans. They are a major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere.
It has been celebrated unofficially since its original proposal in 1992 by Canada's International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC) at the Earth Summit – UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Brundtland Commission, the World Commission on Environment and Development, provided the inspiration for a Global Oceans Day.
The major issues of the ocean pollution were the increasing human population, carbon-dioxide-driven warming and acidification, overfishing, and dumping of plastics, it causes tremendous harm to our marine resources and kills the fishes. The pollution of oceans begins on land, the most exciting realms of problem-solving are the least ocean.
The conservation action theme for World Oceans Day 2018 will be preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean. The Ocean Project continues to expand the youth-focus of World Oceans Day by further expanding the Youth Advisory Council with the addition of 10 new members. The young minds help to shape and improve World Oceans Day as it grows through the years, providing new perspectives, ideas, and recommendations. Together with the Youth Advisory Council, The Ocean Project and its growing network of partners in 120 countries help rally the world each June and expand ocean conservation year-round.
The People need air to breathe, water to drink, food to eat, new medicines, a climate we can live in, beauty, inspiration, and recreation. To survive and prosper, we need healthy oceans. The ocean is the largest ecosystem on Earth, it is the planet’s life support system. Oceans generate half of the oxygen we breathe and, at any given moment, they contain more than 96% of the world’s water. Oceans provide at least a sixth of the animal protein people eat. Living oceans absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reduce climate change impacts. The diversity and productivity of the world’s oceans is a vital interest for humankind. Our security, our economy, our very survival all require healthy oceans. If the people fail to protect the oceans the consequences would be hazardous, and it will destroy the whole earth. "Because the oceans are essential to life on Earth".