On World Ocean Day 2015: Let Us Keep the Ocean ‘Blue’
“No Water, No Life. No Blue, No Green”- Sylvia Earle
This small saying has a very big meaning hidden underneath, which indicates the significance of saving the earth by saving an ocean and also the importance of protecting lives on the earth. We all know that it is a responsibility of each and every person to protect the ocean and marine lives from the danger of global warming. But, how many of us are really doing it?
The “World Ocean Day” which is celebrated every year on 8th June to resolve ocean issues and save ocean water, lends us an opportunity to do something to protect sea water. This annual event is celebrated to save the ocean from harmful effects of Global Warming, which is ruining the beauty of Mother Earth and disturbing the natural balance of life on it.
World Ocean Day 2015
With this year’s theme “Healthy oceans, healthy planet,” we are looking forward to make a special effort to stop plastic pollution and clean beaches to remove trash from coastlines. Plastic pollution is a serious threat to our nature as it degrades very slowly, polluting waterways and impacting the health of aquatic animals. By associating with this program, one can participate in activities such as beach cleanups, educational programs, art contests, film festivals, sustainable seafood events, and other planned activities to raise awareness about the importance of the oceans in our lives.
Importance of Ocean in Human’s Life
It is true that the oceans and coasts affect people’s lives every day, around the world, but do you know what exactly it does or how connected we are to the ocean, even though we don’t live near the beach? Here are some facts about the oceans, that proves how important it is for Mother Earth.
- There are five oceans around the world-Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Artic Ocean, and Southern Ocean.
- 71% of our planet is ocean, with an average depth of more than 12,400 feet. It is a home to 90% of the Earth’s living biomass, which means 90 percent of life on earth lives underwater.
- As per a report, more than 6,000 potentially new species live down there.
- We have only explored less than 5 percent of the Earth’s ocean, remaining still unmapped.
- The longest mountain range in the world is under water and is called the Mid-Oceanic Ridge, which runs through the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and into the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
- There are mysterious rivers and lakes underwater, with creatures found nowhere else.
- Oceans plants produce half of the world’s oxygen and it regulates our weather and forms the clouds that brings us rain.
Facts about Indian Ocean
India enjoys a central and strategic location in the Indian Ocean area and it is surrounded by three major water bodies, namely the Arabian Sea from the west, Laccadive Sea or Lakshadweep Sea to the south, and the Bay of Bengal from east. Its favorable location on the earth’s map with some incredible beaches, makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Some of the facts about Indian Ocean are interesting enough to get a reading.
- The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world oceanic divisions, covering approximately 20% of water on the Earth’s surface.
- Arabian Sea is a region of the Indian Ocean, bounded by Pakistan and Iran on the North, Northeastern Somalia on the South, India on the East, and the Arabian Peninsula on the West.
- The Bay of Bengal is the largest bay in the world, which forms the northeastern part of the Indian Ocean.
- It is bordered by India and Sri Lanka to the west, Bangladesh to the north, and Burma & the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to the east.
Clean Ocean, Save Planet
Million of tourists visit India every year and no wonder most of them love visiting beaches that are unique and beautiful. But, what if the beaches are not clean and the ocean unhealthy? Would anyone still be interested in strolling at these natural wonders called ‘beaches’? It is important for every Indian and the tourists who come here to keep the beaches clean and support World Ocean Day. You can be a part of beach cleanup if you simply follow these instructions:
- Do not dispose paints, solvents, cleaners, pesticides, or other chemicals down the drain as they are hazardous waste, that destroy the Oceans.
- Use Ocean-friendly products like paints, soaps, etc.
- Use recycled products as much as you can and reduce the amount of trash coming out of your house.
- Don’t waste water, after all it’s a very precious resource.
- Only purchase seafood that has been harvested in a sustainable manner.
- Join beach or underwater clean up groups and remove the plastic bags, plastic items, or anything that is harmful for the beach.
- Last and most important, DON’T litter, because every piece of litter near the beach has potential to end up in the ocean to pollute it further.
One really don’t need to live close to the ocean to be connected to it. An ocean gives us everything one needs to sustain a healthy life on earth. It does affect people’s life every day. So, this year on “World Ocean Day,” let us try to keep the oceans healthy so as to keep people healthy.
Protect and restore the oceans and spread the word #WorldOceansDay.