World Oceans Day falls on a Monday this year – June 8 to be specific.
Since its 1992 inception, World Oceans Day has been an annual event to highlight the world’s oceans. Regardless of where you call home, our local beaches and oceans are nothing short of phenomenal; these vast stretches of water are home to vital yet delicate ecosystems and wildlife. The ocean covers more than 70 percent of the earth’s surface, holds about 97 percent of the world’s water, and helps govern our global weather patterns.
With more than 90 percent of Australians living within one hour of our coastline, it’s a topic that hits close to home. And our oceans need help. From everyone. Including you. Marine pollution is a big problem. More than eight million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans each year, equal to dumping a garbage truck of plastic every minute, a 2015 report published in Science found. And according to WWF, 80 percent of plastics in our oceans are generated by land-based activities. Plastic rubbish is a direct threat to our marine animals and plants. Often, wildlife will mistake plastics for food and swallow it; once digested, these plastics can block breathing passages and stomachs, leading to a painful death.
The Take 3 For The Sea initiative encourages beach-goers to do their bit by taking three pieces of rubbish with them when they leave. It’s a small gesture but can you imagine the impact if we all did it?