More than 70 percent of Earth is covered by oceans. The sea provides us with nourishment, entertainment, and about 50 percent of our planet’s oxygen!
Today is World Oceans Day, and this year’s theme is “The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods.” The goal of this annual event is to instill an appreciation for the beauty and bounty that our oceans provide, while also reminding us to protect delicate, irreplaceable ecosystems around the world.
1. The ocean is crucial to the global economy. An estimated 40 million people are expected to be employed by ocean-based industries by 2030.
2. Studies show that commercial fishing in the past has reduced big fish populations by 90 percent.
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3. About 50 percent of the world’s coral reefs have been destroyed. Studies indicate that another 40 percent could be gone within 30 years if we don’t change our ways.
4. Humans are taking more from the ocean than can be replenished, but we can fix this!
5. Incredible, rare creatures like this marine iguana, found only in the Galapagos Islands, simply cannot be replaced.
Found only in the Galapagos Islands the marine iguana is the only marine lizard species in the world, they can dive as deep as 30m (98 ft) and spend up to 30 minutes at a time underwater.— Wonder of Science (@wonderofscience) May 29, 2021
Credit: Shelton Dupreez pic.twitter.com/ZcRRDHN53n
6. The United Nations supports World Oceans Day in their mission to “protect and preserve the ocean and all it sustains.”
7. “We must create a new balance, rooted in true understanding of the ocean and how humanity relates to it,” they stated.
8. “We must build a connection to the ocean that is inclusive, innovative, and informed by lessons from the past.”
9. This World Oceans Day kicks off a decade-long challenge to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources” by 2030.
#Coral #reefs represent some of the #world‘s most spectacular beauty spots, but they are also the foundation of #marine life#climatechange#Nature #photography #Smart #Expression #Art #love #Pinterest #Positive #Creative #Planet #Innovation #Mindset #life #Sustainability #ocean pic.twitter.com/vtXJoqdKzb— CLEAN BOSS (@CLEANBOSS2) June 4, 2021
10. The oceans have been called “the lungs” of our planet.
11. They are a huge source of food and medicine and are a crucial part of our biosphere.
12. Plus, they’re just gorgeous to be around!
Gorgeous Super High Tide With Thrift Flowers… #nature #waves #SummerVibes #weekend #SaturdayMotivation #SundayMotivation #Friends #squadgoals #BeKind #outdoors #ClimateAction #EnvironmentDay #getoutside #GetVaccinated pic.twitter.com/RiPymlPVxz— OBT imaging (@ImagingObt) May 29, 2021
13. You won’t find a majestic sight like this anywhere else.
14. World Oceans Day reminds us that everything on Earth is connected, and our individual actions matter.
15. Let’s all do our part to make lasting changes in the way we treat our seas. Reduce, reuse, and recycle to keep waste from winding up in our waterways!
What a marvelous look at the splendor of our oceans! What will you do to build a more sustainable future for this crucial global resource today?
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