June 8 – World Oceans Day

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  • On December 5, 2008, the United Nations General Assembly, at the initiative of Canada, resolved in Resolution 63/1111 that as of 2009, June 8 would be World Oceans Day. As of 2009 it is celebrated every June 8.

    Let’s clean our oceans

    This year, under the slogan “Let’s clean our oceans”, the celebration revolves around initiatives to prevent plastic pollution and propose solutions for cleaner oceans.

    Plastic pollution is causing enormous damage to our marine resources; among others:

    80% of the pollution in the oceans is caused by humans.
    8 million tons of plastic a year ends up in our oceans, wreaking havoc on wildlife, fisheries and tourism.

    Plastic pollution is costing our oceans the lives of a million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals a year.

    Fish eat the plastic from the oceans and we eat these fish later.
    Plastic generates expenses of 8 billion dollars in damage to our marine ecosystem, each year.

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