Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Dia Mundial dos Oceanos : #HealthyOceans

“Urgent action on a global scale is needed to alleviate the world’s oceans from the many pressures they face, and to protect them from future dangers that may tip them beyond the limits of their carrying capacity. ”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Hoje é Dia Mundial dos Oceanos. Depois de celebrarmos o Dia Internacional da BiodiversidadeDia Mundial do Meio Ambienteeis-nos de novo a chamar  a atenção para o Dia Mundial dos Oceanos.

O tema do Dia Mundial dos Oceanos 2016 é "Oceanos Saudáveis, Planeta Saudável" de modo a acabar com poluição provocada pelos plásticos.

Um oceano saudável é um planeta saudável, e um planeta saudável é absolutamente vital para o bem estar das futuras gerações.

credits: UNESCO

Os oceanos ocupam dois terços da superfície da Terra e pela interacção com a atmosfera, litosfera e biosfera têm um papel importante nas condições climatéricas do planeta. 

Por outro lado, os oceanos não são apenas o habitat de um vasto número de plantas e animais. Fornecem também comida, energia e múltiplos recursos aos seres humanos.

Mais de três biliões de pessoas dependem da biodiversidade marinha e costeira para subsistir.

credits: UNESCO

Today, we celebrate World Oceans Day. May 22 we celebrated the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. And June 5, World Envioronment Day.

Portugal is an Ocean country. The Sea is a mean of communication and transportation, a source of food and medicines, of energy and living resources. The Ocean creates employment and promotes the economy of the country.

The ocean is the heart of our planet. Like your heart pumping blood to every part of your body, the ocean connects people across the Earth, no matter where we live. The ocean regulates the climate, feeds millions of people every year, produces oxygen, is the home to an incredible array of wildlife, provides us with important medicines, and so much more! In order to ensure the health and safety of our communities and future generations, it’s imperative that we take the responsibility to care for the ocean as it cares for us.
This year, the theme is "Healthy oceans, healthy planet", and UN is making a special effort to stop plastic pollution.
Plastic pollution is a serious threat because it degrades very slowly, polluting waterways for a very long time. In addition, plastic pollution impacts the health of aquatic animals because animals including zooplankton mistake the microbeads for food. Scientists also fear health impacts for humans.

A healthy ocean is a healthy planet, and a healthy planet is absolutely vital for the well-being of generations to come. 

credits: UNESCO

UNESCO’s Director-General message on the occasion of the World Oceans Day has been very clear: “The Ocean is essential to moving forward”.

In fact, the ocean has been a crucial component of the development of human societies since the dawn of history, as well as it is key in the sustainability of our environment. This can be seen in the archaeological traces found today under the water of our oceans. A vast number of the testimonies of this relation between the human societies and the oceans remain preserved today underwater and they are in danger due to the increasing impacts of human activities on the marine environment.
The United Nations will celebrate World Oceans Day 2016 and recognize the winners of the Annual World Oceans Day Oceanic Photo Competition at an event on 8 June 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters.

Welcome to the World Oceans Day Portal of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO!

credits: Martine PerretUN

The IOC is delighted to welcome you back to celebrate the 2016 edition of the United Nations World Oceans Day, held each year on 8 June. People all over the globe are celebrating in multiple events – big and small – to mobilize society and protect the ocean, its biodiversity and its resources.

The IOC has created this portal as a guide to this special celebration: a history of World Oceans Day, the programme of activities organized at UNESCO Headquarters and around the world, a press kit, event-planning resources and much more!

How will you celebrate World Oceans Day? Share your stories, pictures, videos – anything goes to show your enthusiasm! 

Tag your Facebook and Twitter posts #WorldOceansDay and get in on the worldwide festivities.

This is your portal to tune into all that is happening worldwide around World Oceans Day. Read more here

Good surfing!

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