Celebrating the oceans on World Oceans Day

On World Oceans Day, people around the world celebrate and honour the oceans and seas which connects us all.

Planet Earth constitutes 71 percent of water, while 29 percent is landmass on which billions of humans and animals thrive.

So, why are the oceans so important to us? They are, quite literally, the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe. They are also a major source of food and medicine and a critical part of the biosphere.

Worldwide, more than three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. Oceans are the world’s largest source of protein, with nearly half the world’s population depending on the oceans for their primary source of protein.

Oceans absorb about 30% of carbon dioxide produced by humans, buffering the impacts of global warming.

Oceans also support the world’s marine and coastal resources and industries – with an estimated value of $3 trillion per year, or about 5% of global GDP. We are indeed linked to our oceans in all possible aspects. The future of the oceans and our future are inseparable.

The day provides a unique opportunity not only in honouring but also in conserving and in protecting our ocean. Every year it is observed on 8 June, to raise global awareness about the importance of the ocean in our lives and the ways through which we can protect it.

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