In 2008, the United Nations declared June 8th as World Oceans Day as a response to bring awareness about the importance of the ocean in everyone’s day-to-day life. The ocean is the lungs of the earth by producing an estimated amount of 50-80% of the oxygen on earth according to scientists. Not only does it provide with the air we breathe but it also “an estimated 40 million people” who will be “employed by ocean-based industries by 2030” as reported by the United Nations.
The Future is Underwater- World Oceans Day 2021
World Oceans Day 2021:
The theme for this year’s World Oceans Day is “The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods”. The significance of this topic is for the public to realize their dependency on the ocean. The rate of depletion is far more exceeding than the rate of replenishing, causing disequilibrium in the resources available. This in turn will lead to the endangerment of sea creatures. This is a chain reaction that will have a severe impact on future generations.
Result of water pollution and unsustainable living:
As humans, we will face several health complications as a result of water pollution. By consuming water that is contaminated with dangerous chemicals, will lead to skin problems and be extremely harmful to the liver and lungs. Fishes consume toxic materials from the sea and we consume these fishes which leads to many deadly diseases because of the toxic by-products.
Eutrophication is a process where the algae in the water use the nutrients from the agricultural wastes and grow over the surface of the water body, depriving the underwater creatures of oxygen and sunlight, causing the extinction of sea creatures. Extinction or endangerment of sea creatures will lead to a serious disturbance in the ecosystem, which may take many hundred years to rebuild.
What is Ocean sustainability?
Sustainable living means making careful choices while purchasing or using products which will ensure that the choice made does not affect the environment in any way. When it comes to ocean sustainability in specific, it refers to making sure that we maintain the natural equilibrium which helps replenish the resources for future generations.
How can it be achieved?
Step one for leading an ocean sustainable lifestyle is choosing your seafood rightly. Often we tend to demand the same kind of seafood at all seasons causing overfishing. It is important to eat seasonal seafood which is available abundantly at the moment rather than demanding fishes that are not in season and are not available commonly.
Another reason for the decrease in sea life is water pollution which affects all creatures including humans at an alarming rate. Water pollutants can be plastic waste which we leave behind in beaches and other water bodies, it can be untreated chemical outlets by factories. All these pollutants lead to extinction of some of the exotic sea creatures. To avoid this, please carry back your plastic waste home and dispose of it rightly.
Join hands with local members of a community and be the change that you want to see. Be a part of a cleaning drive or organize one to make sure that your surrounding beaches are plastic-free and clean.
One of the ocean leaders, Asha De Vos, the founder and executive director of Ocean swell, said “If we truly need to save the ocean, every coastline needs a local hero. Ask yourself the following questions before buying any product, 1) Can it be reused or recycled? 2) Is it seasonal? 3) Does the company follow proper guidelines and promote sustainable products?. Do not encourage businesses that contribute to water pollution or unsustainable living.
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It is every one of our responsibility to make sure to create a safe and healthy environment for future generations. If you are not selfless enough to think about the future generation, then just simply think about your future. If you want to live a healthy life with all the natural resources then you need to start making the right choices as the worst is not that far away! Happy World Oceans Day, be the change you want to see in the world.