Celebrate World Oceans Day Wednesday

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SAN DIEGO -- From beach cleanups to barbecues, thousands of people will attend celebrations on June 8 to learn about the importance of the ocean and celebrate World Oceans Day.

Despite huge challenges, a healthy ocean is critical to our survival. Our oceans help provide for the billions of humans, plants and animals that depend on it every day.

World is flooded with plastic garbage

There will be more plastic than fish in terms of weight in the world's oceans by 2050, the World Economic Forum warned earlier this year.

Plastic has become one of the world's most popular materials, combining amazing functionality and very low production costs. Its use has increased 20-fold in the past 50 years and is expected to double again in the next 20 years.

Almost everybody in the world comes into contact with it -- over a quarter of all plastic is used for packaging, the most popular use of the material.

But only 14% of plastic packaging is collected for recycling. The reuse rate is terrible compared to other materials -- 58% of paper and up to 90% of iron and steel gets recycled.

They estimate that by 2050, the amount of plastics produced globally will increase three times to 1,124 million tons. By then, the "plastic economy" will take up 15% of the world's global carbon budget, compared to just 1% today.

History of World Ocean Day

The concept for a “World Ocean Day” was first proposed in 1992 by Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. As a result of a United Nations General Assembly resolution passed in December 2008, World Oceans Day is now officially recognized by the UN as June 8.

Local Events

San Diego Coastkeeper lists the following events to celebrate World Oceans Day.

  • World Oceans Day: Come out to Hennessey’s in La Jolla and enjoy live music, a tasty meal and even learn how we conserve beautiful places like La Jolla’s ASBS. Enjoy a beer for the ocean from 6-9 p.m.
  • Give our ocean the best gift you can give by picking up trash and debris along the coast. Help clean up one of Oceanside’s most prestigious beaches, at Buccaneer Beach Cleanup June 11 at 9 a.m.

Click here to help support World Oceans Day.

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