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Happy World Oceans Day 2020!

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Alumni in Water, Energy and Climate

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06.08.2020

Together we can! 

What an exciting time as the World Oceans Day network of organizations and impassioned people around our planet take action to protect and restore our shared ocean. No matter what the challenges are, there will be no deterring anyone in the pursuit of this goal. We are all here to celebrate successes, learn from and support one another, take action, and enjoy the day!

Activities on World Oceans Day
Activities to celebrate our oceans are spread around our blue planet. Event news in Bulgaria, a photo contest about your World Oceans Day, a day of engagement at the Royal Museums Greenwich, beach-based action in the Cook Islands, diving with the Female Divers of Indonesia, a day of action at Tanazani’s Uzi Island – hundreds of events – and you can find them all at the World Oceans Day event system here

The Guardian is also interested in learning about what issues you see in the ocean, what the ocean means to you, and how you are celebrating World Oceans Day. This year World Oceans Day has a keen focus on 30×30 – the global drive to protect at least 30% of the land and ocean by the year 2030. You can help by signing the 30×30 petition for our blue planet here.


The Ocean Cleanup - a Dutch initiative you should know off if you love our oceans

In case you have not yet heard of the Ocean Cleanup, let us give you a short introduction into their adventure. Their story begins in 2011, when then 16-year-old Boyan Slat was diving in Greece and was surprised to see more plastic than fish. Together with a friend he explored oceanic plastic pollution and the difficulties of cleaning it up for a high school science project. Boyan remained fascinated by the problem and continued working on his passive clean-up concept during his freshman year at university. This eventually led him to start The Ocean Cleanup in 2013,

The non-profit organisation currently has its head office in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and has set out to clean up the Great Pacific Garbarge Patch between Hawaii and Califonia, USA. Their floating systems are designed to capture plastics ranging from small pieces just millimeters in size, up to large debris, including massive discarded fishing nets (ghost nets), which can be tens of meters wide. 

The organisation not only focuses on cleaning the oceans but also designed and implemented device called the Interceptor to clean up rivers to avoid garbage ending up in the ocean. The interceptor has been successfully deployed in Indonesia and Malaysia.

If you want to find out more or want to support their mission, check out their website for obtaining your very own product of recycled ocean plastic or share their map of river plastic emissions #1000Rivers.

Source: World Oceans Day & The Ocean  Cleanup

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