World Oceans Day, June 8th 2014
We have said enough about ocean contamination to fill the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The World Ocean Day today serves to tell us something so very important. The health and cleanliness of the ocean is essential for us all. To protect it, we need to change. Yes, we can eat some fish and seaweed, crabs and prawns. No, we cannot pollute the atmosphere with CO2 and much worse, or the rivers with so many poisons, pesticides and fertilizers. As for the less obvious damage that we do, those plastic bags we use and all the oceanic debris have a connection. Even junk mail contributes to oceanic debris! Both come from oil, and both made a lot of CO2 when they were manufactured.
The theme for 2014 is, "Together we have the power to protect the oceans." The Ocean Project in - World Oceans Day Updates explains how 2000 partner zoos, aquaria, museums and others form a network. These strategic resources engage many more individuals like yourself to produce the impact we need on conservation of the mighty oceanic resources. The proceedings for today include beach clean ups, sustainable seafood consumption (no whale meat or non-sustainable cod!), educational programs, art contests and film fests.
The level of concern about ocean welfare among people in the US and UK has been assessed in a small sample of 3649 respondents. .BLUE used YouGov's research to discover that 58% have concerns on bathing because of marine pollution and 56% have "seen someone drop litter at the beach." Between 67 and 73% believe that more can be done to raise awareness online about the protection of our marine and freshwater environments generally.
We love the Dr.Seuss poster for 2010(see above), but the themes every year since 2009 have been inspirational and produced results. The only result we need now is to persuade reluctant governments to follow the UN lead and preserve our useful marine products, conserve the species that we eat and those that we don't.
Nobody needs to be unreasonable in banning the dwindling resources from our tables if we use our consumers' powers wisely. Soon, no one will eat tuna, or cod or crab, if we continue in ignoring every single sign that the time has come to change. We have indeed been too greedy, too unwise and too unready for a future that could be very bleak indeed.
To put it briefly, Here is Ban Ki Moon's main point from the very first World Oceans' Day: "Safe, healthy and productive seas and oceans are integral to human well-being, economic security and sustainable development."