World Oceans Day 2018: Commit To Preserving The Oceans Of The World

| June 8 , 2018 , 16:35 IST

World Oceans Day is celebrated on 8th June to remind everyone, the major role the oceans have in everyday life. They are the lungs of the planet and provide us with the oxygen we breathe. They are the major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere.

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 unite the world's population on a project for the sustainable management of the world's oceans.   

The action focus this year has been preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean. Plastic pollution is causing tremendous harm to our marine resources. To date, there have been 275 billion plastic bags produced worldwide. Every second, a massive amount of 160,000 plastic bags are being produced and used.

According to the World Count, of these 5 trillion bags, 5 million of them will make their way into the ocean either indirectly due to things like poor management or directly by people who unfortunately do not know the consequences to the environment.

Around 80% of all pollution in the ocean comes from people on land. With 8 million tonnes of plastic per year ending up in the ocean, wreaking havoc on wildlife, fisheries and tourism. Plastic pollution costs the lives of 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals per year. It causes $ 8 billion in damage to marine ecosystems each year.

There are many things we can do as individuals to reduce our plastic consumption. In Ghana, a state in South Africa, the waste management department is currently capable of collecting 60% of the waste generated daily. The rest is dumped in open spaces, surface drains.

This a prime example of how even when we properly dispose of our trash in appropriate containers and brought to land is to recycle all glass, plastic, papers and other aluminium products. Nearly 80% of trash can be found in our landfills is recyclable.