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This year, keeping with tradition, Moulton College participated in World Ocean Day on June 8th, raising awareness and vital funds to help save our Oceans.
World Oceans Day – which is observed on 8th June every year – is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future.
With a particular emphasis this year on plastic waste in our Oceans; students and lecturers alike, got together in preparation for the event making a variety of Ocean dwelling species from plastic waste. Student also generated posters, leaflets and activities for the day such as pin the fin on the fish.
Lectures on the day itself contained Ocean Day related material to inspire students (our future generations) to protect our Oceans. Students then all got together during the day to raise money, participate in the activities and to educate others.
Fun was had by all, with some World Ocean Day selfies, pledges and some inflatable animals, in total over £45 was raised for the World Ocean Day fund.
The Day has been coordinated and promoted internationally by The Ocean Project since 2002 and has been officially recognised by the United Nations since 2008.
This year’s theme was “Our Oceans, Our Future,” and focused on the prevention of plastic ocean pollution.
This year, the newly-formed World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council – which comprises of 11 young people aged between 14 and 22 from 11 diverse nations – has played a key role in helping shape the development of this year’s celebrations.
Bill Mott, Executive Director of The Ocean Project said: “With nearly half of the world’s population under age 25, it is imperative to empower young people to step up as leaders at an early age, and engage them in a solutions-oriented approach to ocean conservation.”
He went on to say: “We believe that youth are the key to success and, for this reason, we are making youth engagement our top priority for growing the reach and impact of World Oceans Day on June 8 and year-round.”
Around 80 per cent of all litter in our oceans is made of plastic – which has devastating effects on wildlife, fisheries and tourism; costing an estimated £8 billion in damage to marine ecosystems.
Specifically, the campaign seeks to end the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic and eliminate microplastics in cosmetics, both major sources of marine litter, by the year 2022.
The World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council has worked with the Clean Seas Campaign to develop a simple way for the public to take action and express their concern about plastic waste in our oceans this World Oceans Day.
Through the website www.keepoceans.blue, people can make a commitment to reduce their use of disposable plastics and encourage others to do the same through sharing on social media using #CleanSeas and #WorldOceansDay.
For more information on how to get involved visit: www.worldoceansday.org.