The ocean is the lifeblood of our world but it feels like the human race is doing everything in its power to harm it. On June 8th each year, we celebrate the ocean, its importance in our lives, and how we can protect it. The day is celebrated to remind every one of the major role the oceans have in everyday life.
The world is 71 percent water, with four named oceans: the Arctic, Atlantic, Indian and Pacific. Some people recognize a fifth, the Southern Ocean, which is near Antarctica. More than 228,000 species live in the oceans, but experts think there could be up to 2 million science hasn’t discovered yet, according to Reuters.
World Oceans Day is a time to remember we are all connected to the oceans no matter where we live, no matter how far from the coast.
What is the theme?
This year’s theme for World Oceans Day will be preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean. The theme is prompted by the disastrous amount of plastic that is ending up in our oceans. Eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean each year, causing £8billion in damage to marine ecosystems each year.
Sometimes, just a few words are all it takes to remind us of our connection to the dazzling, life-filled ocean:-
“Faith is knowing there is an ocean because you have seen a brook.” ~William Arthur Ward
“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” ~Jacques Cousteau
“The Ocean is a mighty harmonist.” ~William Wordsworth
“No water, no life. No blue, no green.” ~Sylvia Earle
“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch, we are going back from whence we came.” ~John F. Kennedy
“For each of us, then, the challenge and opportunity is to cherish all life as the gift it is, envision it whole, seek to know it truly, and undertake—with our minds, hearts and hands—to restore its abundance. It is said that where there’s life there’s hope, and so no place can inspire us with more hopefulness than that great, life-making sea—that singular, wondrous ocean covering the blue planet.” ~Carl Safina
“One drop of water helps to swell the ocean…none are too small, too feeble, too poor to be of service. Think of this and act.” ~Hannah More
“Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.” ~Sarah Kay
“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it’s always ourselves we find in the sea.” ~e e cummings
“The sea lives in every one of us.” ~Robert Wyland
“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.” ~Kate Chopin
The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea. ~Isak Dinesen
We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came… ~John F. Kennedy
Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away. ~Sarah Kay
Even castles made from sand fall to the ocean. ~Jimi Hendrix
Being out there in the ocean, God’s creation, it’s like a gift He has given us to enjoy. ~Bethany Hamilton
The ocean is a central image. It is the symbolism of a great journey ~Enya
How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean. ~Arthur C. Clarke
Ocean: A body of water occupying two-thirds of a world made for man – who has no gills. ~Ambrose Bierce
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. ~Mother Teresa
Netizens are also encouraged to use the hastages #WorldOceansDay and #SaveOurOcean to spread the word on cleaning up our oceans.
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