Aruba takes the challenge for World Oceans Day on June 8th: Healthy oceans, healthy planet!
World Oceans Day, held on June 8th, is the United Nations-recognized day of ocean celebration and action. People all over our blue planet organize celebrations – which can be a huge event in their community, a special announcement, or anything in between – to support action to protect the ocean. This year, the theme is Healthy oceans, healthy planet, and the objective is to make a special effort to stop plastic pollution.
The concept for World Ocean Day was first proposed in 1992 by the Government of Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and was officially recognized by the UN in December 2008.
Plastic pollution is a serious threat. More than 8 million tons of plastic trash ends up in the ocean every year, including millions of disposable bags, impacting our marine life.
This year Aruba is joining efforts by taking the Better Bag Challenge; this action-oriented effort is an initiative of the worldoceansday.org, which includes the commitment where people will avoid the use of disposable plastic bags for at least one year. You can accept this challenge and share your commitment to the Better Bag Challenge with us by posting your photo with your reusable bag in Aruba and hash tag, #aruba #dnmaruba #BetterBagChallenge #WorldOceansDay. In addition, we encourage you to adopt the designs, which are attached and share them on this day as to showcase your willingness to work towards a sustainable future.
The Ministry of General Affairs together with the directorate of Nature and Environment of Aruba and the National Park Arikok invites you to attend this Ocean Dialogue where we will be showcasing the video ‘Trash Talk’ followed by a dialogue with stakeholders on topics related to plastic pollution and its consequences. The event will be held on the 8th of June at the National Park Arikok starting at 7 pm.
In order to ensure the health and safety of our communities and future generations, it’s imperative that we take the responsibility to care for our ocean. Careful management of oceans is key feature for a sustainable future.
For more information please contact:
Shahayra S. Croes
Directorate Nature and Environment Aruba