Oceans are a huge part of our ecosystem; they have been here from the beginning and will remain until the end. To be precise, oceans are the reason for the possibility of life on Earth, as they generate approximately 50% of the planet’s oxygen.
So let’s celebrate the giver of life—oceans—on World Oceans Day commemorated on June 8 every year. It was first celebrated in 1992 at Rio de Janeiro at UN’s Earth Summit – a conference on Environment and Development.
Exploring Oceans on World Oceans Day – Myths, Facts and Measures
You must have heard great stories about the World of Atlantis, a land submerged underwater. There are many theories about what happens in the depths of the deep sea. Some notion state that time travels at turtle speed under the water, and some suggest that the deep ocean holds some of the greatest mysteries on earth, which makes many curious about the unknown. The latter may be true, as we don’t know what’s underneath the surface.
Let’s dive into the ocean depths on the World Oceans Day to understand the lifestyle within.
Try exploring the water bodies on World Oceans Day from a practical perspective. The oceans cover 70% of the planet Earth and are responsible for approximately 50% of the planet’s oxygen. Hence, these figures enable the survival of any living creature on the planet Earth. It also aids the economy with possible employment by ocean-based industries like transport, mineral extraction, and mass fishing.
But the oceans have been the giver for so long, and humans have replenished their resources. According to the estimates, we have depleted about 90% of the massive fish population and destroyed 50% of the coral reefs. To balance the give and take, we need to reduce the activities that harm the ocean in one way or another, which include plastic pollution, excessive fishing, and disruptions due to bulk-sized transports. These can be simple measures taken to revitalise the ocean.