Happy World Oceans Day! Following World Environment Day that was on June 5th is now World Oceans Day, today, June 8th – Both of which are focusing on the prevention of plastic pollution. Every year on June 8th, World Oceans Day is celebrated by governments, scientists, schools, museums, and citizens like us. Today is a day that is meant to celebrate, honor, and most importantly protect our oceans. A healthy ocean is critical to our survival as they generate most of the oxygen we breathe and regulate the Earths climate. You could say that the oceans are the lungs of our planet, which is why it’s a tremendous shame to say that humans are the ones harming them. In fact, 80% of all ocean pollution is a result of land-based waste, in other words, litter. 8 million tonnes of this waste is plastic, which results in much more than just a polluted ocean. Once plastic enters the ocean it’s damaging marine ecosystems, harming 100,000 marine mammals per year, as well as the human food chain. Don’t forget, most of us eat what comes out of the ocean. When a fish ingests plastic, and then we eat that fish, our bodies end up paying the consequences of our own actions. We are literally eating our own trash.
We hope that all of you do something, no matter how big or small, to acknowledge World Oceans Day. Do a 5-minute beach cleanup, or think of how you can reduce your consumption of plastic. For ideas on how to cut down on your plastic waste, please do check out our online Eco Shop – to acknowledge World Oceans Day.
With your support, you allow us to continue our mission to help Cyprus go green, keep our waters clean, as well as develop ever-better ecological options to help reduce and possibly eliminate single-use plastic waste on the island. With our combined efforts, we can protect the oceans that connect us all. Act local, think global.