World Ocean Day 2021

ORANJESTAD – June 8 is the date on which the world celebrates World Ocean Day.

The purpose of the Day is to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean, develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean, and mobilize and unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the world's oceans. The theme for this year is 'The Ocean: Live and Livelihoods’.

On this date, the United Nations hosted their second virtual event, which included speakers, panelists, and presenters.

The Department of Nature and Environment (DNM) is contributing and focusing on the awareness part on the subject of the ocean, its services, and the challenges the oceans are facing. The virtual event can be followed on https://www.un.org/en/observances/oceans-day as well as on Facebook @unworldoceansday

World Ocean DaySome ocean facts 

The oceans produce at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen and absorb about 30% of carbon dioxide produced by humans. This helps limit the impact caused by global warming. The ocean has the most biodiversity in the world.

This year’s theme 'The Ocean: Live and Livelihoods’ reflects on the entire marine life and everything it provides to humans.

Everywhere around the world, people are talking about the Blue economy or Ocean economy.

What is Blue Economy?

The blue economy is the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods, and jobs while preserving the health of the ocean ecosystem.

In the Caribbean and Aruba, we cannot deviate from the thoughts of Blue Economy because we are highly dependent on this for our main source of income. In Aruba, we can talk about the fish, tourism, and the ecosystem as a source of relaxation when we go to the beach, and the practice of water sports. It would be interesting to ask ourselves the question of whether we are respecting the ocean; by the way, we behave when we use the ocean. Are we behaving by the agreed sustainable practices?

Our survival depends on the ocean; the ocean sustains humans and all organisms on earth.

What can we do to sustain this survival?

World Ocean DayWe can be responsible for our waste, respect laws that safeguard our oceans and protected species, avoid anchoring boats in corals, when fishing release small fish back to the ocean, do not use oxybenzone-containing products, and do not destroy plants close to the ocean or on the shore. On the global level, there is a virtual event aimed at scientists, explorers, experts, and communities close to oceans all around the globe. This way they can enhance their knowledge about the ocean, explore connections of the oceans, and discuss the needs to create a balanced relation and life in harmony with the ocean. This balance should be based on innovative thinking, accurate information, and the experience from the past of those who depend on the ocean. 

The annual observation by the United Nations for the World Ocean Day emphasizes the exchange that will continue in the upcoming week until June 14 through the “Friends of UN World Oceans Day” platform and other global organizations. The DNM hopes that the community shows more interest in the subjects related to the ocean and continues to contribute to keeping the condition of the ocean healthy for future generations.

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