2022 United Nations World Oceans Day
“Revitalization: collective action for the ocean”
Today we join others in reminding the world about the importance of the ocean – the beating blue heart of the planet.
The ocean is humanity’s life source. Covering over 70% of the planet and producing at least 50% of the earth’s oxygen, the ocean connects the world and sustains the life of the planet and our own livelihood. The ocean ensures global food security, is the main source of protein for more than 3 billion people and is crucial for the attainment of socio-economic development for many coastal communities, least developing countries and small island developing states such as Seychelles. Moreover, the ocean plays a central role in regulating the global climate.
Science and research continue to indicate that the health of the ocean is in decline. Humanity is destroying the ocean’s ability to safeguard our existence. The vitality and abundance of the marine life and biodiversity continue to deplete at the expense of human-related activities and impacts – including increasing carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gases, climate change, plastic pollution and exploitation of marine resources – which progress at a faster rate than they are naturally restored.
The United Nations has dedicated 10 years for the world to collectively take action to regenerate, revitalize and protect the ocean. Our one planet relies on one ocean – this is the decade where solutions need to be implemented to reverse the waning health of the ocean for humanity’s continued survival. More concrete actions, instead of words, are needed to push for the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14 to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”. Collectively, we can and must revive the life of the ocean to secure the world’s future!