Today is World Oceans Day, a global day of celebration and collaboration for the world's oceans. Hundreds of events are planned in more than 100 countries, including the United Nations Oceans Conference taking place this week in New York City.
This year's theme is "Our Oceans, Our Future" with a conservation focus on solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter.
According to The Ocean Project, here are six great reasons to celebrate World Oceans Day:
The oceans ...
• generate most of the oxygen we breathe
• regulate our climate
• clean the water we drink
• offer a pharmacopoeia of medicines
• provide limitless inspiration
Our vision is to restore the world's oceans on a global scale. To celebrate #WorldOceansDay, tell us why you… https://t.co/lKZoZM2mBc— Oceana (@Oceana)1496925020.0
Indian Ocean has 1.3 trillion pieces of plastic, making it 2nd most plastic polluted ocean: https://t.co/ZDf9aEuEt7… https://t.co/6GUAZ8z4Yr— United Nations India (@United Nations India)1496906652.0
We need large protected areas where the fish are safe, and the dividends will keep coming- @SylviaEarle… https://t.co/RRMZr9740n— IUCN (@IUCN)1496839044.0
Don’t let plastic harm our oceans. Stop this wave: https://t.co/ikhpVGsmRb #NoPlastic #WorldOceansDay https://t.co/dIY3SKkv5e— Greenpeace (@Greenpeace)1496912451.0
Every day is #WorldOceansDay for Sea Shepherd! Learn more about how we Defend, Conserve and Protect our seas:… https://t.co/poLaXvA3y7— Sea Shepherd (@Sea Shepherd)1496912248.0
It's #WorldOceansDay! There are more than 24 trillion reasons to protect our oceans. RT to help #SaveOurOcean https://t.co/jTFqTWCVFo— WWF EU (@WWF EU)1496904312.0
Dumping waste & extracting resources has surpassed ocean’s strength. It's high time we understand the limits of th… https://t.co/reqU2OviGB— Dr. Harsh Vardhan (@Dr. Harsh Vardhan)1496902550.0
By Jessica Corbett
In a rare calm moment during a historically active Atlantic hurricane season, an international team of climate scientists on Monday published a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change showing that human-caused global heating is making the world's oceans more "stable"—which, as co-author Michael Mann explained, is "very bad news."
<div id="e639b" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="d8d112e123588b9bf3c3eadcc89627e8"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet twitter-custom-tweet" data-twitter-tweet-id="1310602217825726465" data-partner="rebelmouse"><div style="margin:1em 0">Thank you to @MichaelEMann for patiently and clearly explaining to non scientists why increased ocean stabilizati… https://t.co/yW2BmQhKGp</div> — Dr Naomi Wolf (@Dr Naomi Wolf)<a href="https://twitter.com/naomirwolf/statuses/1310602217825726465">1601306893.0</a></blockquote></div>
<div id="85eca" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="43780424fc8b04e23a525e1bad1086eb"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet twitter-custom-tweet" data-twitter-tweet-id="1310608647651811336" data-partner="rebelmouse"><div style="margin:1em 0">Canada has oceans on 3 sides-we can't ignore the climate news that The Oceans Appear to Be Stabilizing. Here's Why… https://t.co/SfWJWWRHr7</div> — Friends Of Halifax Common (@Friends Of Halifax Common)<a href="https://twitter.com/FriendsHalifax/statuses/1310608647651811336">1601308426.0</a></blockquote></div>
<div id="3e52e" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f210e186b6e1481a64770e0c8722a438"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet twitter-custom-tweet" data-twitter-tweet-id="1310638669477236738" data-partner="rebelmouse"><div style="margin:1em 0">"Das bedeutet, dass das CO2-Budget, das zur Vermeidung kritischer Erhitzung (z.B. 1,5°C) übrig bleibt, möglicherwei… https://t.co/675YBTSybJ</div> — Parents For Future #SystemChangeNotClimateChange (@Parents For Future #SystemChangeNotClimateChange)<a href="https://twitter.com/parents4future/statuses/1310638669477236738">1601315583.0</a></blockquote></div><p>Ending his piece on a similar note, Mann wrote that "in short, it's unwise to be complacent given the accumulating scientific evidence that climate change and its impacts may well be in the upper end of the range that climate scientists currently project. There is ever-greater urgency when it comes to acting on climate. But there is agency as well. Our actions <a href="https://www.newsweek.com/dangerous-new-form-climate-denialism-making-rounds-opinion-1455736" target="_blank">make a difference</a>—something to keep in mind as we head into a presidential election <a href="https://www.newsweek.com/greta-thunberg-donald-trump-true-leadership-climate-change-free-world-1461147" target="_blank">whose climate implications</a> are monumental."</p><p>Mann is on the mounting list of climate experts and advocates <a href="https://www.axios.com/2020-presidential-election-joe-biden-endorsed-climate-scientists-24013990-0300-4c2c-ad95-57571b397196.html?fbclid=IwAR3vTCBmK5BwvoafwGefadTsnIMnKo9FS6ssc9PCdFLEeXr6p4KHlnrFWKU" target="_blank">supporting </a>Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in his effort to oust President Donald Trump—who has, at various points, ignored and exacerbated the climate emergency. Earlier this month, the <a href="https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/09/15/matter-life-and-death-after-175-years-scientific-american-backs-biden-magazines" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">editors</a> of<em> Scientific American</em> as well as the political action arms of both 350 and Friends of the Earth also <a href="https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/09/24/clarion-call-all-progressive-environmentalists-defeat-trumps-planetary-destruction" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">endorsed</a> the former vice president.</p><p>"The stakes are clear and present," Tamara Toles O'Laughlin from 350 Action said of the general election, for which early voting is already underway in some states. "The planet cannot withstand four more years of Trump."</p>
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