June 8 is celebrated as World Ocean Day, every year since 2009.
World Oceans Day is marked to remind everyone about the major role that the oceans play in our everyday life.
With the ongoing water bodies’ related issues, such as plastic waste, decreasing level of water, impurities in water and others, it is the utmost necessity to preserve and conserve our oceans.
They are the lungs of our planet and provide most of the oxygen we breathe.
Apart from being a major source of food and medicines, oceans are needed to be preserved for their beauty and wealth.
For the year 2019, the theme is ‘Gender and the Ocean’.
As everyone is fighting for gender equality, the international communities are finding possible ways to promote gender equality in ocean-related activities such as marine scientific research, fisheries, labour at sea, migration by sea and human trafficking, as well as policy-making and management.
Oceans hold 97% of water on the Earth, producing half of the oxygen in the atmosphere, and absorb the most carbon from it.
In addition, oceans also absorb vast amount of greenhouse gas, helping humans in tackling the problem of global warming and climate change.
Until 2009, the day was world ocean day, but in late 2008 the resolution passed by the United Nation General Assembly made it World Oceans Day, adding a ‘s’ after Ocean.
It is because there are five distinct oceans on the earth: Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Arctic Ocean, and the Southern Ocean.