June 8th marked World Oceans Day 2020, which was first recognised by the United Nations in 2008. This year’s theme was selected to be "Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean”, to reflect on the benefits provided by the oceans and what we can do to keep them clean and healthy, which is especially important as water makes up over 70% of our planet!
For many people, the ocean is a place to swim, explore and learn more about marine life. However, it’s also important to recognise that water is essential to our existence and the health of the biosphere and by spreading awareness about this – as well as the issues such as pollution and global warming – by celebrating this international day of recognition.
As an aquatic design company, water, marine life and biophilia harmoniously come together as equilibriums of creative architecture influenced by nature, artistic flair and functionality in the form of our signature aquascapes and aquarium installations; which are simultaneously aesthetically pleasing and beneficial for human well-being.
Water cleanliness and sustainability is also an issue we hold close to our hearts, as we have been donating a percentage of our profits to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation fund since 2018 which has provided almost 20, 500 days of clean water for people in need.
Globally, one of the biggest issues currently facing our oceans and water supplies is mass dumping of non-biodegradable waste and pollution within their waters. This is partly due to our rapidly increasing worldwide population and our inevitable production of sewage waste, chemical waste produced by industrial product which adversely changes the pH of water and affects marine life as well as excessive plastic wastage.
Oil spillage is another primary cause of ocean pollution in that the oil forms a layer on the water preventing oxygen circulation. A lack of oxygen in the ocean results in the destruction of marine life, especially if this continues over a long period of time. Therefore, it is necessary to prevent these pollutants from entering the oceans to protect the marine animals and plants. Fish, as well as other marine creatures, are very sensitive to even the smallest changes in water quality such as temperature, acidity and water pressure. When foreign objects such as plastic bags find their way to the bottom of the ocean, they can pose a real threat to these creatures by entrapping them or exposing them to harmful chemicals.
So, how can we help protect the future of our oceans and water supplies? Organising or taking part in litter-picking walks at your local beach, river, or park can really help to reduce the impact of waste upon marine life. The year’s World Oceans Day is also specifically campaigning for world leaders to pledge to protect 30% of our blue planet by 2030. This critical campaign is also referred to as ‘30x30’. By safeguarding at least 30% of our ocean through a network of highly protected areas, we can help ensure a healthy home for all!