From all of us at BARE—Happy World Oceans Day!
As a critical global resource, the oceans provide not only nourishment and livelihood, but also a source of inspiration. It goes without saying that, without the world’s oceans, there would be no BARE. That’s just one of the reasons why we’re so excited to celebrate this year’s World Oceans Day, 2021!
Organized by the United Nations, World Oceans Day was originally created to teach people new ways to protect our planet by hearing from thought-leaders, experts, ocean advocates, entrepreneurs, and community voices as they highlight the importance of the ocean for sustaining life and livelihoods.
With the oceans covering 70% of the Earth’s surface and producing 50% of the planet’s oxygen, humanity can’t afford to continue on its current trajectory of exploitation, overfishing and industrial degradation.
“With 90% of big fish populations depleted, and 50% of coral reefs destroyed, we are taking more from the ocean than can be replenished,” the United Nations says. “To protect and preserve the ocean and all it sustains, we must create a new balance, rooted in true understanding of the ocean and how humanity relates to it. We must build a connection to the ocean that is inclusive, innovative, and informed by lessons from the past.
One of the headline speakers at this year’s event, legendary marine biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle, will be focusing on the interrelationship between the oceans and humanity.
“What if I told you that there’s an essence on this planet so powerful that it can sustain all forms of life?” She says in the video linked above. “An essence that can capture carbon, regulate the climate and nourish humanity. … Would you learn from it? Protect it? Honor it? Or would you continue to take from it, while ignoring its limits?”
Themed “The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods”, this year’s all-digital event is being held on June 8 from 10AM-5PM EDT and will be streaming for FREE at UNWorldOceansDay.org. To learn more about speakers and programming—and to RSVP—click here. Or, for more general information, head over to the UN’s website for World Oceans Day 2021!