World Oceans Day is celebrated today. Happy World Oceans day!
World Oceans Day is an annual observation to honour the world’s oceans, celebrate the products the ocean provides such as seafood as well as marine life itself for aquariums, pets, and also a time to appreciate its own intrinsic value. The ocean also provides sea-lanes for international trade. Global pollution and over-consumption of fish have resulted in drastically dwindling population of the majority of species.
The Ocean Project, working in partnership with the World Ocean Network, has been promoting WOD since 2003 with its network of over 1,600 ocean conservation organizations and others throughout the world. Events performed for WOD and awareness includes beach cleanups, educational programs, art contests, film festivals, and sustainable seafood events.
This year Google is marking the occasion with some highlights of the underwater photography it’s collected as part of its Street View program. There’s brand new imagery for more than 40 locations around the world, including the Bahamas and the Great Barrier Reef, and you can see all of the locations through the Street View Oceans page.
The initiative is about more than sharing some impressive subaqueous photography, though – Google wants to draw attention to the preservation of these underwater kingdoms. “Mapping the ocean is key to preserving it,” write Jenifer Austin and Brian Sullivan of the Google Ocean Program. “Each image in Google Maps is a GPS-located digital record of these underwater and coastal environments, which can be used as a baseline to monitor change over time. This comprehensive record of coral reefs showcases the beauty of these ecosystems and highlights the threats they face.”
World Tourism Organisation
Tourism’s contribution to water preservation is key on two accounts: the sustainable development of tourism in water destinations (coastal areas, lakes, etc.) and the effective management of water resources in tourism activities and operations.
Over recent years, the tourism sector has made great strides in conserving water whenever possible:
- Water accounts for 10% of utility bills in many hotels. Most hotels pay for the water they consume twice – first by purchasing fresh water and then by disposing of it as waste water. Depending on their water efficiency, hotels can reduce the amount of water consumed per guest per night by up to 50%.
- Many hotels and restaurants now have well-established systems in place which help reduce water consumption and improve waste management.
- Environmentally sound and innovative solutions have been developed, motivating positive guest behavior regarding water use and/or food waste composting.
- Water consumption is being reduced through simple actions such as installing leak detection instruments, low flush toilets and low flow showerheads.
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World Ocean Day is celebrated each year to highlight the importance of the ocean in our daily lives. It is one of the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe. The Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the impacts of human actions on the ocean; and to mobilize and unite the world behind a project of sustainable global ocean management.
This year, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) will organize a full day dedicated to the ocean’s role in the climate system, ahead of the global climate change negotiations taking place during the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP21) at the end of 2015. The programme will include 4 scientific workshops, roundtables, a UNESCO Open Campus for youth and exhibitions, to bring together scientists, political decision-makers, civil society and youth and foster dialogue to identify actions and possible ocean sensitive strategies to mitigate climate change and its socioeconomic impacts.
The objectives of this day of events are to:
– Mobilize the international scientific community to work together on the ocean’s role in the climate system in order to better inform United Nations institutional representatives, Member States and decision-makers in the lead up to the Paris Climate Conference 2015,
– Create a political momentum for the Ocean and Climate topic that will lead to an engagement of United Nations’ institutions and member states for an enhanced consideration of the ocean within the climate change negotiations and the parallel process in the UNFCCC,
– Provide a forum for the international civil society, youth and scientists to dialogue on the role of the ocean in the climate system, in the lead up to the UNESCO scientific conference “Our common future under climate change” on 7-10 July 2015,
– Increase public awareness, with exhibitions on the Ocean & Climate links, and
– Promote the development of sustainable, ocean sensitive solutions via a better collaboration between science, policy and society to mitigate climate change.
– See more at: https://en.unesco.org/events/world-oceans-day-2015-ocean-and-climate#sthash.nzcRiHj6.dpuf
Source: Wikipedia, Unesco, Google, UNWTO