June 8th is World Ocean Day
More conservation efforts is needed for our oceans, the largest ‘organ’ covering our planet – the vastest reservoir of biodiversity, as well as the most significant element when it comes to livelihoods, natural resources, transportation, and climate.
There are innumerable issues connected to the health of our oceans:
- dependence on them for our food (hence, leading to overfishing, the depletion of stocks of fish which subsequently affects the marine biological community, and the ecosystem gets disrupted); moreover, pollution has a huge impact as well;
- on transportation – trade and freight & cargo shipping, especially in this era of globalization explosion when the movement of goods and services is not confined to borders – national or territorial;
- climate change – as the ocean currents transport the stored freshwater and carbon dioxide, as well as molecular energy that conducts heat which is released into the atmosphere, thus changing the weather patterns.
International Maritime Organization, an organ of the United Nations based in London, is a specialized agency that develops and adopts global regulations on safety, security and the prevention and control of marine pollution from ships. IMO’s vision is to reduce to the barest minimum all adverse environmental impacts from ships.
Even though shipping transports 90 per cent of global trade, it is still, statistically, the least environmentally damaging mode of transport, when its productive value is taken into consideration.
Still, shipping is a comparatively minor contributor, overall, to marine pollution from human activities.
IMO has adopted a wide range of measures to prevent and control pollution caused by ships and to mitigate the effects of any damage that may occur as a result of maritime operations and accidents, including reducing vessel- sourced pollution, pollution from ships by oil, and significant decrease in sewage and garbage from world’s merchant tonnage.
Check out this brochure on IMO’s commitment to the Environment.
Show support at: Ocean Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund International, Ocean Alliance, Wildlife Conservation Society, Conservation International, UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, World Conservation Union, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, Clean up the World, Ocean Geographic Society, National Geographic – Oceans… that should be a good springboard: surf, swim!