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World Oceans Day 2019: celebrated every year on June 8 by UN

Every year on 8 June World Oceans Day is commemorated by the UN to raise awareness among the global public of the impact human actions have on oceans. In order to signify the importance of the key role that oceans play in our daily lives, it is celebrated as a special annual reminder by the United Nations. The oceans are referred to as living planet’s “lungs”, for releasing almost two-thirds of all breathable oxygen in the atmosphere that makeup over 70 percent of the living planet.

As per UN, World Oceans Day 2019 theme is gender equality, which is vital to sustainability in the many ongoing efforts to protect and preserve the health of oceans around the world. According to current estimates women occupy only around 27 percent of parliaments worldwide and make up 38 percent of the scientific community studying oceans. There are many historical examples such as Jane Goodall, Dr Eugene Clark as well as Dian Fossey, are the women who are both proven leaders and conservationists.

In developed nations today despite women making up roughly half the workforce they continue to be paid less than men at the same positions (to be precise 36 percent less). Due to some of the adverse effects of climate change, both women & children were also found to be a lot more vulnerable.

This day of World Oceans Day is to honour the ocean that is marked by people around the world which provides an opportunity to take personal and community action to conserve the ocean and its resources.

Pollution, overfishing, invasive species, and rising ocean acidity due to the widespread use of fossil fuels are some of the biggest modern threats to the oceans. There are problems but we can follow some simple steps to help protect the ocean. This Oceans Day let’s celebrate together the beauty, the wealth and the promise of the ocean.

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