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Toronto, June 8 (Canadian-Media): World Oceans Day (WOD) is observed each year on June 8th to celebrate the ocean, inspire more involvement in helping to conserve this resource we all depend on, encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future, media reports said.
Since 2002, The Ocean Project -- a collaborative organization – had been partnering with hundreds of organizations, including World Ocean Network, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to promote WOD globally.
As a result of a United Nations General Assembly resolution passed in December 2008, WOD is now officially recognized by the UN as 8 June each year.
Over the years, the global network of partners around the world has grown approximately to 2,000 organizations, including aquariums, zoos, museums, youth groups, the maritime industry, governments, the tourism sector, conservation organizations, universities, schools, businesses and many others.
This year’s theme for the WOD is: Our Oceans, Our Future.
“We have to ensure that oceans continue to meet our needs without compromising those of future generations. They regulate the planet’s climate and are a significant source of nutrition. Their surface provides essential passage for global trade, while their depths hold current and future solutions to humanity’s energy needs,” said Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The United Nations Conference entitled “Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development” will be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with WOD.
This year, South East Asia (S.E.A.) Aquarium is also organizing a month of conservation-themed activities with the aim to raise awareness to ocean conservation with a renewed focus on plastic pollution.
In Buenos Aires, Argentina, an internationally awarded documentary of a film screening of Racing Extinction, will be hosted by World Oceans Day Argentina, in which a team of artists and activists expose the world of threatened species, with revolutionary images that transform the way you see the planet.
WOD recognized youth as the leaders of change and that their engagement was crucial in solving environmental problems around the world. Governments and international bodies need a youth perspective, with a united voice in the world, to inspire and convince people to take action on an issue.
WOD Youth Advisory Council member, Gabriella Schauber, from Canada said, “For as long as I can remember, I have held a passion for the ocean and the amazing wealth of life that thrives within, and have engaged myself both inside and outside the classroom. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to be a long-time volunteer and staff at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre…Each of these experiences have helped me foster my passion for the oceans, for the welfare of the animals that call the oceans home, and for the role of youth in initiating change. My passion for animals and welfare has permeated my education as well…It is clear that the oceans need our help. There are many issues...identifying the issues, brainstorming and processing tangible solutions, and acting to implement them is what is needed today.
It has become increasingly apparent that we cannot leave the fate of the health of our oceans and its inhabitants to government or international bodies alone. Each and every action made by members of the general public…It is important to remember that despite the fact that issues facing the oceans are huge in scale and many steps are needed by many stakeholders to create change on a global scale, small ripples of change and progress made by youth around the world in their communities is just as and if not more meaningful!”
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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