World Oceans Day has been celebrating the ocean on June 8th every year since 2002. And while Covid-19 and social distancing are changing how we recognise our blue planet this year, the need for action is perhaps more important than ever.
For 2020, World Oceans Day is growing the global movement to call on world leaders to protect 30% of the world’s ocean by 2030 – a campaign called 30×30.
By safeguarding a least 30% of our ocean through a network of highly protected areas we can help ensure a healthy home for both marine and human life.
This year, there is a special emphasis on digital, which includes the World Oceans Day social media hashtags, #WorldOceansDay and #ProtectOurHome, as well as an online petition for the preservation of 30% of the planet, to shine a spotlight on the ocean.
The World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council, with 24 members from 20 countries, provides new perspectives, ideas and recommendations for rallying the world for our ocean. Council members help shape the development of World Oceans Day by inspiring actions.
“Taking action to protect our ocean is not a one-time thing, it is our everyday responsibility, because like Dr. Sylvia Earle said- ‘No water, no life; no blue, no green’” said Toluwanimi Olubanke, Council member from Nigeria.