World Oceans Day Focuses on Mobilizing the World to End Plastic Pollution

World Oceans Day 2018 is being celebrated around the world with the theme: “Preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean” on Friday, June 8, 2018.

The purpose of the Day, observed by all United Nations member countries, is to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean, develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean, and mobilize and unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the world’s oceans.

“Everyone needs to play a part. You can make a difference today—and every day—by doing simple things like carrying your own water bottle, coffee cup and shopping bags, recycling the plastic you buy, avoiding products that contain microplastics and volunteering for a local clean-up,” said António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations

Plastic pollution was chosen as the theme for 2018 because of the tremendous harm it is causing to the world’s marine resources:

  • 80% of all pollution in the ocean comes from people on land.
  • 8 million tonnes of plastic per year ends up in the ocean, wreaking havoc on wildlife, fisheries and tourism.
    Plastic pollution costs the lives of 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals per year.
  • Fish eat plastic, and we eat the fish.
  • Plastic causes $8 billion in damage to marine ecosystems each year.

Visit the World Oceans Day website for more information on the annual celebration.