Marking World Ocean Day at JensonR+

World Ocean Day is an annual global celebration of our ocean that takes place every 8th June. World Ocean Day raises the profile of the ocean, connects people worldwide, and inspires continuing action year-round to protect and restore our ocean. It was first proposed at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and now more than 30 years later World Ocean Day has grown to more than 10,000 events in 150 countries (as of 2022).

World Ocean Day
A reminder of how important the Ocean is:
  • 50% of life-giving Oxygen comes from the ocean – we need the ocean to survive!

  • The ocean regulates our climate – 98% of the heat from the sun’s rays are absorbed by the ocean.

  • The ocean plays a key part in the water cycle and without it most of our planet would be desert.

  • It feeds us – fishermen catch more than 90 million tons of seafood each year and seafood accounts for 17% of all the animal protein consumed in the world.

  • The ocean provides sources of renewable energy.

  • The ocean supports trade. Ships transport more than 80% of world trade volume.

Yet we destroy it a little more each year:
  • We consistently pollute the oceans with oil, chemical run-off and plastics. There is even an area of marine pollution that is referred to as the great Pacific garbage patch which is currently twice the size of Texas containing 100 million tons of debris.

  • We use the ocean as a dumping ground for sewage and waste – nearly 80% of the world’s wastewater is discharged into the ocean untreated.

  • Fish stocks are being overharvested at an unsustainable rate and as much as 40% of the world’s catch is bycatch of non-target species.

  • Destructive fishing methods such as bottom trailing destroy marine habitats and hundreds of thousands of marine animals are killed annually in fishing nets.

  • Global warming contributes to rising sea temperatures and sea levels which radically alters the ecosystem and leads to flooding, coastal erosion and landslides.

  • Rising sea temperatures also lead to coral bleaching and loss of marine biodiversity.

  • The oceans are becoming more acidic due to increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This causes issues for calcifying organisms when building and maintaining their shells and can even affect the predatory behaviour of fish, threatening the food chain.

How can we help?

World leaders recently made a commitment to protect 30% of our blue planet by 2030 (30×30) through a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and Other Effective area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs). To support this goal, there is a lot that can be done, even at an individual level. The world ocean day website contains a database of conservation-related events worldwide as well as information and resources to plan your own event.

VISIT THE WORLD OCEAN DAY WEBSITE

There are also a number of small changes you can make year-round that can make a big difference for the ocean:

  • Eat sustainable seafood – Look for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) labels. Their blue and green fish logos on your seafood ensures your fish can be traced back to sustainably managed fisheries and farms.

  • Cut your carbon footprint – turn off lights and unplug electronics when you’re not using them, adjust your thermostat, walk or ride your bike to work, and demand renewable energy options in your community.

  • Reduce your use of single-use plasticsuse reusable bottles, straws and shopping bags and avoid excessive packaging.

  • Recycle wherever possiblereducing the amount of plastic waste that goes to landfill and could end up in the ocean.

  • Increase your knowledge of the ocean there are a number of really interesting websites to learn more about ocean conservation, a few to get started with:

Ocean Conservation Trust | An Ocean Conservation Charity
Ocean and Marine Wildlife Conservation Initiatives (worldwildlife.org)
Ocean (nationalgeographic.org)
Locally:

Our North Devon Office is very lucky to be very close to a number of beautiful beaches.

Plastic Free North Devon is a local charity founded in 2017, they organise a number of events, including beach cleans to try and tackle ocean pollution. The following events are coming up and equipment is provided: 

Westward Ho! Beach Clean

Sunday, June 4, 2023 – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Woolacombe Beach Clean

Sunday, June 25, 2023 – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Saunton Beach Clean

Sunday, July 16, 2023 – 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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