Pakistan Navy celebrates World Oceans Day

Katie Ramirez
June 11, 2018

Humanity's never-ending quests for comfort and luxury, as well as growing human population, have taken such a toll on Mother Earth that today several species of animals and plants are on the verge of extinction.

"Our legal framework is the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea - the world's 'constitution for the oceans, '" he added.

Unfortunately, human pressures, including overexploitation, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, destructive fishing, as well as unsustainable aquaculture practices, marine pollution, habitat destruction, alien species, climate change and ocean acidification are taking a significant toll on the world's oceans and seas.

"Plastic pollution is too pervasive to be solved by one continent, one government or one industrial sector alone, and it affects us all". The concept of a "World Oceans Day" was first proposed in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro as a way to celebrate world's shared ocean and to raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives. It was first introduced in 1992 but was recognized by the United Nations in 2008.

However, he also warned that increased efforts are needed to combat threats to the oceans posed by pollution and other problems: "On this day, I want to recall the urgent need to address the huge challenges that our oceans are faced with: climate change, pollution, environmental degradation and unsustainable management of their resources".

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To mitigate pollution and to ensure sustainable use of resources, what we need at the moment is a dynamic collaboration of people, governments, and corporations. If current production and waste management trends continue, close to 12,000 metric tons of plastic will end-up in landfills and become part of the natural environment by 2050.

Around 80% of all pollution in the ocean comes from people on land. "They break down into millions of tiny pieces of micro plastic", Pollett told CBC's CrossTalk. Waste that pollutes our rivers and oceans, threatening marine life, blocking sanitation and drainage systems in our towns and invading pastures. One of the major problems with plastic is that often it's used where it's not necessary, like supermarket wrapping fruit and vegetables in layers of the stuff - only for us to unpackage it again the moment we got home.

Ocean acidification is disrupting the marine food chain. So, by littering, we are not only poisoning the environment, we are also poisoning ourselves.

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Fethiye Times has pulled together some facts about the impact plastic pollution is having on our oceans, and in turn, our planet. With almost 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.

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