We are living in a blue planet where two-thirds of the surface is capped by oceans. Ocean is the biggest habitat of countless number of microorganisms, fishes, plants, sea birds and other marine organisms. Ocean renders innumerable natural resources ranging from seafood, crude oils, natural gases, minerals, up to energy through tidal waves. Ocean is the crucial platform for transportation, source of recreation for humans and act as climate buffer. In respect to the profoundness of ocean, World Ocean Day is being celebrated every year with all colors.
World Ocean Day is the official UN designated International Day that is celebrated worldwide by all the people, Environmentalists, Fisher folk, and especially by the communities of aquariums and Oil industries. Every year Ocean day is planned by the organization known as, Ocean Project; they focus on ocean conservation in partnership with aquariums, zoos, museums and educational organizations around the world and to address the challenges for the health of ocean to the world.
The special thing about ocean day is that all the events are coordinated by the World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council, which is a group of 11 young people from different countries. To be proud, Nehara Pandey, a 14 year old school girl from Goa is the part of this youth council. The purpose of involving youth in such event is to empower young people to become as leaders at an early age. This council is being instrumental in making new perspectives, ideas and recommendations for developing this global event. They organize the youth all cross the globe for ocean day and work for ocean conservation throughout the year.
Theme for World Oceans Day 2017: Our Oceans, Our Future
This theme has been devised with the focus of encouraging solutions for plastic pollution and to prevent marine litter for a clean ocean, and subsequently provide good future to the ocean and humans as well. Presently, ocean has become as litter by throwing plastic bags, bottles, and other garbage which causes deterioration to the sea lives. The 80% of the trash comes into the ocean from the dry land. Recent Surveys alarm us that around 1 million seabirds are affected in a year because of plastic debris. Many marine birds, sea turtles and marine mammals ingest plastics into the body as food and then it causes blocks in their digestive system.
“People protect what they love”
The youth advisory council with the support of ‘UN environment’s clean seas campaign’ has decided to connect people to concern about plastic trash into the ocean and to bring awareness about the plastic pollution by all modes of communication.
At the same time, Ocean is also facing threats from oil industries. Subsea Blow out in the Deep-water Horizon Drilling Rigs accounts for oil spills in the seabed which could take up to 3 months to remove the spillage. Oil tanker collisions lead to an average of 10% of marine oil pollution in a year which impact on the marine habitats.
Periodic Safety auditing in the offshore oil industries prevents such kind of incidents in the ocean and thereby decreasing the ocean pollution and conserves millions of ocean habitats and organisms. Safety professionals play a supreme role in the protection of oceans. They are pursuing their efforts to keep our oceans clean and safe.