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World Oceans Day: Don’t be colour blind, help blue oceans keep the planet green: UN chief June 09,2020   |  Source: UN News

The COVID-19 pandemic is a “sharp reminder” of how we are all intimately connected to each other and to nature, the United Nations chief said on Monday, World Oceans Day.

“As we work to end the pandemic and build back better, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity – and responsibility – to correct our relationship with the natural world, including the world’s seas and oceans”, Secretary-General António Guterres upheld in his message for the day.

We not only rely on the oceans for food, livelihoods, transport and trade but, as the lungs of our planet and its largest carbon sink, they also play a vital role in regulating the global climate.

“Today, sea levels are rising due to climate change, threatening lives and livelihoods in low-lying nations and coastal cities and communities around the world”, Mr. Guterres reminded.

Moreover, as the oceans are becoming increasingly acidic, marine biodiversity and essential food chains are increasingly being jeopardized. And plastic pollution has become ubiquitous.

Against this backdrop, ‘Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean’, has been chosen as this year’s theme.

Better understanding of the oceans is essential for conserving fish stocks and discovering new products and medicines.



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