World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day: Everything You Need to Know

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This year's theme is 'The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods'

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Today, 8 June, marks World Oceans Day, appointed by The United Nations as ‘a day for humanity to celebrate the ocean.’ Here’s everything you need to know...

If you are one of the many that has watched Seaspiracy (the much-talked-about documentary film about the effects of commercial fishing), you might already have an understanding of how humans are negatively impacting the oceans. From rising sea levels to marine pollution, our oceans are under threat and in need of support.

Dolphin in ocean


Seventy per cent of the earth is made up of water, producing at least 50 per cent of the planet’s oxygen, as affirmed by the United Nations. Though we often take them for granted, earth’s oceans are vital to our existence – and now, they need our help more than ever.

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What is World Oceans Day?

‘With 90 per cent of big fish populations depleted, and 50 per cent of coral reefs destroyed, we are taking more from the ocean than can be replenished,’ says the UN. ‘To protect and preserve the ocean and all it sustains, we must create a new balance, rooted in true understanding of the ocean and how humanity relates to it. We must build a connection to the ocean that is inclusive, innovative, and informed by lessons from the past.’

World Oceans Day


World Oceans Day provides an opportunity to reflect on this and incite action. Since it’s declaration in Rio de Janeiro at the Global Forum in 1992, the global event has inspired ocean clean ups, safeguarding solutions, and even greater gender parity within ocean-related industries. Previous themes have included ‘Clean Our Ocean’, ‘Our Oceans: Greening Our Future’, and ‘UNCLOS @ 30’ which marked the thirtieth anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

What is this year’s theme?

This year, the theme is ‘The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods’, which explores ‘the wonder of the ocean and how it is our life source, supporting humanity and every other organism on Earth,’ as declared by the UN. Like last year, the 2021 event will take place virtually, comprising a series of insightful talks featuring over 40 entrepreneurs, ocean experts, celebrities and more, plus a celebratory ‘concert for the ocean’. See the full schedule here.

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