June 8, 2018
World Oceans Day is observed annually on June 8 around the world.
The oceans cover about two-thirds of the surface of the Earth and are the very foundations of life. Oceans are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe.
The theme of 2018 is “Preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean”
Plastic pollution is causing tremendous harm to our marine resources. For example:
80% of all pollution in the ocean comes from people on land.
8 million tonnes of plastic per year ends 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.
Fish eat plastic, and we eat the fish.
Plastic causes $8 billion in damage to marine ecosystems each year.
Use less plastic and recycle the plastic you must use.
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