It has been 10 years since World Oceans Day was celebrated for the first time on June 8th, a day dedicated to taking special awareness of how important the oceans are for the planet and for ourselves. But it is also a day to think about the harmful effect our impact can have on them.
Just as on the surface we coexist with noise or air pollution, there is also a high level of marine pollution that affects hugely its biodiversity, among other things.
One of its biggest problems? Plastic, once again. In fact, a WWF report warns that plastic waste could increase by 41% in 2030, duplicating the amount accumulated in the oceans.
Today, our way of raising awareness about the pollution of the oceans is to highlight the work and initiative of some environmental organizations.
Greenpeace's marine sanctuaries
The environmental organization Greenpeace has launched a campaign to collect signatures to support the United Nations Oceans Treaty and its creation of a network of marine sanctuaries.
The purpose of these marine sanctuaries is none other than to protect a larger area of oceans, at the moment only 3% is protected. It is estimated that with this measure, one third of the world's oceans could be protected.
If you want to know more about this campaign and / or join it, you can do it here.
Oceans and gender issues
This year, the United Nations proposes to establish the relationship between the oceans and the human being from a gender perspective. That consists on supporting and promoting gender equality with activities linked to the ocean.
In addition, any action aimed at promoting the presence and empowerment of women contributes to the fulfillment of the 5th Sustainable Development Goal, which is none other than gender equality.
Another of the Sustainable Development Goals established that should be highlighted today and that is intended to contribute with this day is No. 14: "conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development".
A global agreement against plastic
The organization WWF (World Wildlife Fund) estimates that one tenth of the 100 million tons of plastics waste generated each year ends at sea.
For this reason, they propose the need to fight against plastic through a binding global agreement to establish goals to reduce plastic pollution and require member states to create a project that allows these goals to be achieved.
If you want to support this initiative or get to know it more deeply, you can do it here.
What can we do?
The pollution of the oceans not only affects the species that live inside of them, but also affects us. According to recent studies, we could be consuming a total of 120,000 microplastic particles per year through food and water.
Although there are always actions that must be carried out by large organizations and we can only support them, there are always small gestures that we can take in our daily lives and can help as well:
- Reduce the use of plastic: avoid buying wrapped foods or with plastic containers, disposable plastic bottles, avoid the use of plastic bags... You can also reduce it in cosmetics, hygiene, drugstore...
- Using public transportation or cycling will help reduce CO2 emissions, which are absorbed by the ocean by more than 25%.
- Always take responsibility for the waste we generate on the beaches and contribute to its good condition by not generating more waste.
- When you buy fish, try to make sure that its fishing and / or farming has been carried out in a sustainable way, since the high demand is giving rise to a lot of practices that affect negatively the environment.
Fashion industry also contributes to the pollution of the oceans, and it is estimated that 35% of the microplastics that are discharged into the sea come from synthetic textiles. Washing clothes at a low temperature, using mesh bags and avoiding the use of the dryer, on the other hand, are some of the recommended habits to face the carbon footprint.
As you already know, our main proposal is to consume with conscience. Being aware of our decisions will always be in favor of change.
We must always bear in mind that the earth's surface is composed 70% by the oceans, they are the source and base of the life of the planet, they are its lungs and, therefore, ours.
And you, what measures do you take for helping oceans in your daily life? Would you help us to raise awareness of how important it is to have health oceans?