June 8, 2022: World Oceans Day

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World’s Ocean Day is being observed today (Wednesday) with the theme “Revitalization: Collective action for the ocean”. The United Nations General Assembly declared June 8 as “World Oceans Day” in 2008. The main goal of this Day is to create public awareness about the “effect of human actions on the ocean” and to mobilize individuals for long-term ocean management.
The day is observed to highlight the importance of oceans in our daily lives, reminding us each year of the devastation caused by human activities like garbage and sewage disposal, and oil leaks.
Over 70% of the globe is covered by water. It is our life source, sustaining humanity as well as all other organisms on the planet. The ocean supplies at least half of the planet’s oxygen is home to the majority of the planet’s biodiversity and is the primary source of protein for over a billion people worldwide. The ocean is vital to our economy, with ocean-based sectors expected to employ 40 million people by 2030, as per the UN report. The oceans are the lungs of our planet and a critical part of the biosphere. Despite all of its advantages, the ocean today requires support.
Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi, Chief of Naval Staff, said in his message on the Day, that the Pakistan Navy is playing a major role in promoting the protection and sustainable use of marine resources. He said Pakistan Navy is making significant efforts to safeguard marine resources including cleaning beaches, constructing harbor debris collection barges, large-scale mangrove tree planting, control of oil spill pollution, and reduction of marine pollution by the local and industrial community.
The Naval Chief urged the marine community to take practical and helpful actions to raise awareness about the importance of this Day. Amjad Khan Niazi also said that we reiterate our dedication and determination that we will prevent damage to our oceans and save them from future destruction.

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