Our oceans are more than just vast bodies of water that surround our planet - they are an inexhaustible source of beauty and mystery. World Oceans Day, celebrated annually on June 8, is an internationally recognized day dedicated to raising awareness and protecting our oceans. In this blog we explain why this day was created and what exactly is celebrated.
Why was World Ocean Day created?
World Oceans Day was officially established in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The initiative came from the United Nations, which recognized that the oceans are critical to sustaining life on Earth. World Oceans Day provides a platform to raise global awareness and work together to conserve and sustainably manage our oceans. It calls for collective action and encourages individuals, governments, companies and organizations to take responsibility and make positive changes.
Why is World Ocean Day important?
World Oceans Day is of great importance because oceans are essential ecosystems that support the health of our planet. They produce half of the oxygen we breathe, regulate the climate, provide food and are a source of biodiversity. Unfortunately, the oceans face serious threats such as pollution, overfishing, climate change and plastic waste. It aims to raise awareness of all the issues and encourage them to take action to protect the oceans.
What exactly is celebrated?
On World Ocean Day, various activities and events are organized to emphasize the importance of the oceans. These may include educational workshops, beach cleanups, diving expeditions, film screenings and awareness campaigns. The aim is to engage people of all ages and backgrounds and show them how they can make a difference by making sustainable choices.
This year, the World Ocean Day 2023 Conservation Action focuses on the theme of protecting at least 30% of our land, waters and oceans by 2030, this action is also known as "30×30". These efforts build on two major victories over the past six months, with countries committing to designate 30% of their own jurisdiction, as well as 30% of international waters, as protected areas by 2030. For this year, individuals are encouraged to share their support for protecting our land, waters and oceans, urging national leaders to adhere to the 30×30 commitments.
The role of sustainable disposable packaging in ocean protection
Sustainable disposable packaging plays an important role in protecting the oceans. Traditional disposable packaging, made of plastic, often ends up in waterways and eventually in the seas and oceans, where they pose a serious threat to marine life and the ecosystem. By choosing sustainable alternatives such as biodegradable and compostable disposable packaging, we can reduce the amount of plastic waste and minimize the risk of ocean pollution. World Oceans Day is an important occasion to raise awareness of the value of our oceans and the need to protect them. As a customer with us, you contribute to the protection of the oceans by opting for (more) sustainable disposables or completely plastic-free disposables.