World Oceans Day 2021: Theme, History & Significance

The theme of World Oceans Day 2021 is: ‘The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods’.

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World Ocean Day plays a very important role in spreading awareness about the significance of Oceans in our lives. Moreover, it informs people about impact of human actions on the ocean, and try to mobilize world's population and develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean.

World Oceans Day is celebrated every year on 8 June.

As per United Nations (UN), Oceans are the lungs of our planet as they produce at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen. They are also home to most of earth’s biodiversity, and is the main source of protein for more than a billion people around the world.

Our lives are dependent on Oceans. The kind of involvement it has in our daily lives, makes it important for us to protect and preserve it.


World Oceans Day: History

Oceans Day was first proposed on 8 June 1992 in Rio de Janeiro at the Global Forum, a parallel event at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED).

However, the UN General Assembly, in 2008, resolved that 8 June would be designated by the UN as “World Oceans Day”.

The first World Oceans Day was observed in the year 2009 with the theme ‘Our Oceans, Our Responsibility’.

World Oceans Day: Theme

The theme of World Oceans Day 2021 is 'The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods'. The theme will shed light on how ocean is our life source, supporting humanity and every other organism on Earth.


World Oceans Day: Significance

Oceans, seas and coastal areas form an integrated and essential component of the Earth’s ecosystem and are critical to sustainable development.

In order to preserve them, it is necessary to spread awareness. As discussed above, World Oceans Day informs people about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives and the important ways they can help protect it.

This year's theme is especially relevant in the lead-up to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, which will run from 2021 to 2030.

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