Oceans need to be protected, says PM Mia Mottley on World Oceans Day

Prime Minister of Barbados- Mia Amor Mottley, says Oceans need to be protected as they cover 71% of the planet's surface.

Oceans need to be protected, says PM Mia Mottley on World Oceans Day
Oceans need to be protected, says PM Mia Mottley on World Oceans Day

Barbados: Prime Minister of Barbados- Mia Amor Mottley says Oceans need to be protected as they cover 71% of the planet’s surface. While extending wishes on World Oceans Day, she highlighted the significance of the oceans.

On her official Twitter account, PM Mia Mottley said that the Oceans are vital to all life on Earth; they cover 71% of the planet’s surface, contain 97% of its water and are home to up to 80% of all life. “Now, more than ever, our Oceans need to be protected. This World Oceans Day, let’s do the right thing and put our Oceans first, “said the prime minister.

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World Oceans Day is a special annual reminder by the United Nations of the key role that oceans play in their daily lives. World Oceans Day is a necessary reminder to realise and appreciate the contribution of oceans in our lives, from providing food to regulating and supporting biodiversity and the climate.

The oceans don’t just make up over 70 percent of the living planet, they are also referred to as its “lungs”, for releasing almost two-thirds of all breathable oxygen in the atmosphere.

The Day, commemorated by the UN every year on 8 June, raises awareness among the global public of the impact human actions have on oceans. The theme of this year’s World Ocean Day is Planet Ocean: Tides are Changing which calls us to appreciate the ocean’s gifts and to act for its preservation.

World Oceans Day is marked by people around the world by honouring the ocean, which provides an opportunity to take personal and community action to conserve the ocean and its resources. Some of the biggest modern threats to the oceans include pollution, overfishing, invasive species, and rising ocean acidity due to the widespread use of fossil fuels.

World Oceans Day 2023 is a time to raise awareness of the threats facing our oceans, from plastic pollution to the effects of climate change. A recent study found that between 1979 and 2019, the world’s oceans were polluted by approximately 171 trillion plastic particles (2.3 million tons).