By Katie Beckmann Mahon, Communications Manager
This week’s “Embracing Faith” article will focus on Embracing Faith through Advocacy.
“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.”
World Oceans Day, an annual observance recognized by the United Nations in 2008, raises awareness about the ocean, its protection, and how to preserve, sustain, and manage its accompanying resources.
This year, the theme of World Oceans Day is “The Ocean: Life and livelihoods,” and advocates hope to highlight how “The ocean covers over 70% of the planet. It is our life source, supporting humanity’s sustenance and that of every other organism on earth. The ocean produces at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen; it is home to most of the earth’s biodiversity and is the main source of protein for more than a billion people worldwide. Not to mention, the ocean is key to our economy with an estimated 40 million people being employed by ocean-based industries by 2030.” (1)
Along with these highlights, advocates also hope to bring attention to how oceans require our support.
Specifically, the United Nations is highlighting that “With 90% of big fish populations depleted, and 50% of coral reefs destroyed, we are taking more from the ocean than can be replenished. To protect and preserve the ocean and all it sustains, we must create a new balance rooted in a true understanding of the ocean and how humanity relates to it. We must build a connection to the ocean that is inclusive, innovative, and informed by lessons from the past.” (1)
An ultimate goal for World Oceans Day advocates is to “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources” by 2030. (1)
To learn more about how you can get involved in the World Oceans Day movement and help inform others of their impact on the ocean, visit: https://worldoceanday.org/.