Updated June 7th, 2024 at 20:58 IST

World Oceans Day 2024: History, Significance And How To Spread Awareness

Every year on June 8, World Oceans Day serves as a global call to action, urging individuals to recognise and address the challenges facing our oceans.

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World Oceans Day 2024 is a poignant reminder of the critical role oceans play in sustaining life on earth. Covering nearly seventy percent of the planet's surface, oceans are essential for generating roughly half of the world's oxygen and supporting diverse ecosystems. However, human activities have led to pollution and degradation, threatening the health of these critical habitats.

Every year on June 8, World Oceans Day serves as a global call to action, urging individuals to recognise and address the challenges facing our oceans. As we prepare to celebrate this important occasion, it's essential to reflect on its significance and the steps we can take to protect marine environments.

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Mark your calendars: World Oceans Day occurs annually on June 8th, with this year's observance falling on a Saturday.

World Oceans Day 2024: History

The initiative for World Oceans Day was first proposed at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro. On December 5, 2008, the UN General Assembly officially designated June 8th as World Oceans Day, aiming to raise awareness of humanity's interconnectedness with the oceans. Each year, the UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea coordinates events to engage the public in ocean conservation efforts.

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Image credit: Unsplash

World Oceans Day 2024: Theme

The theme for World Oceans Day 2024 is "Awaken New Depths," highlighting the need for collective action to safeguard marine ecosystems. The overarching goal is to catalyze efforts to address the interconnected challenges of ocean health and climate change.

As we commemorate World Oceans Day, let us embrace the call to action and pledge to protect and preserve our oceans for future generations. Together, we can make a difference in ensuring the sustainability and well-being of our planet's most precious resource.

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Published June 7th, 2024 at 20:58 IST