Tomorrow is World Ocean Day.

Here’s how you can make a difference this World Ocean Day. Image via Unsplash

World Ocean Day 2022: A call for collective action and protection in SA

On 8 June it is World Ocean Day and the theme is ‘Revitalization: Collective action for the ocean’. Here’s how you can get involved.

Tomorrow is World Ocean Day.

Here’s how you can make a difference this World Ocean Day. Image via Unsplash

Celebrating World Ocean Day under the theme – “Revitalization: collective action for the ocean” this year, WILDOCEANS (a programme of the WILDTRUST), together with the Zero Waste Foundation, supported by the DON’T WASTE GROUP, a global waste management, and minimisation company, Green Corridors, People ‘n Planet and Youth4MPAs, a passionate group of young ocean advocates are joining forces this Saturday, the 11th of June to clean up the Blue Lagoon beach.   

Celebrate this World Ocean Day

World Ocean Day is a day for all humanity to celebrate the ocean which covers more than 70% of the planet. World Ocean Day reminds everyone of the major role the large body of water plays in everyday life – did you know that every second breath we take comes from the ocean?

The OCEAN IMPACT campaign is underwriting a 3-year WILDOCEANS project driving advanced protection of South Africa’s oceans within Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and will have representatives at the clean-up on Saturday.

“We currently only protect 5% of the ocean around South Africa,” said WILDTRUST Director of Communications, Lauren van Nijkerk. “

South Africa is signatory to the Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD) target to achieve 10% ocean protection by 2020. Although 2020 is over, the need for protection remains central. Over-fishing, damaging industrial activities, habitat destruction, resource extraction, climate change, and pollution are not letting up and by not protecting our oceans’ ability to keep giving what we take, we risk a biodiversity crisis, and a subsequent ocean collapse and economic catastrophe,” comments van Nijkerk.

Similarly, Youth4MPAs (Y4MPAs) is advocating for the increase of South African marine protected areas to 10% from the current 5%. This is in support of the Aichi Biodiversity Target 11, which calls for nations to protect 10% of their coastal and marine spaces.

At the clean-up event Y4MPAs is calling on members of the public and mobilizing the youth to give 10 minutes for 10% ocean protection. As part of this call to action, Y4MPAs will be educating the public about what the 10% target means and why we need it, and asking our government to support this target, calling for more ocean protection, while lending a hand, together with the public to clean up the beaches. 

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What can you do to help?

Join WILDOCEAN as they clean up Blue Lagoon beach (Durban) on the 11th of June 2022. Bring your friends and family and armed with your gloves, comfortable shoes, water (preferably in a non-single use plastic container), sunscreen and good cheer.

Melissa Van Rensburg, Zero Waste Lead comments, “Our mission at DON’T WASTE is to protect the environment – which is why we started the Zero Waste Foundation to organise and facilitate clean ups and protect our coastline together with partners like WILDTRUST, People n Planet, Green Corridors and Youth4MPAs.

“We achieve our mission by providing world class and independent waste management systems to businesses. Our vision is to disrupt the waste management sector globally by providing tools to accurately track and measure waste. As our city continues to deal with the waste catastrophe brought on by climate change, it is important for all sectors of our society, community, and business to show support towards a common goal for conservation and increased ocean protection.”