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World Oceans Day was observed on Wednesday. World Oceans Day is annually observed on June 8 to raise awareness of the challenges humanity faces to protect the world's oceans.

The theme of this year is “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet”.

BACKGROUND

The world's oceans play a key role for life on Earth. According to the UN, they are “the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe, [as well as] a major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere.”

In the past few decades, the threats from pollution, overfishing and other forms of exploitation to marine habitats have increased dramatically.

World Oceans Day was first introduced in 1992 to raise awareness of the crucial role the sea plays as sources of food, oxygen and medicine. It was officially recognized by the United Nations (UN) in 2008 and is observed on June 8 each year.


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