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Hundreds of Belizean wave makers country-wide observed World Oceans Day with different activities

On  Saturday June  8th,  2019, the  international  community celebrated World  Oceans  Day under  the  theme “Gender  and  the Oceans”. This  year’s  theme  focuses  on  the  importance  of  gender  equality,  particularly  for  the  effective  conservation  and sustainable  use  of  marine  resources  as  we  strive  to  build  greater  ocean  and  gender  literacy,  and  discover  possible  ways  to promote gender equality in all ocean-related activities.

Ocean and marine resources create employment opportunities in marine scientific research, fisheries, hospitality, and labour at sea to name a few. The seas and oceans cover over 70 percent of all surface on Earth, with the importance of protecting our waters felt in all aspects of life. The oceans feed us, help to regulate climate and generate most of the oxygen we breathe.

“While the oceans matter to us everyday, World Oceans Day serves as a unique opportunity to not only be reminded of all of the bounty the oceans bestow upon us, but also to be inspired to take action to mitigate threats from plastic pollution and marine litter, unsustainable fishing practices and dirty industries like offshore oil”, states Janelle Chanona, Vice-President of Oceana in Belize. “As advocates for our oceans, we believe it’s not enough to just say we love our marine resources, we need to starting acting like we do.”

Oceana Belize along with hundreds of Wave makers across the country observed World Oceans  Day with different initiatives including but not limited to:

*Beach Cleanups in Corozal, Caye Caulker, Hopkins, Snake Caye and Punta Negra
*Student Presentation and Art Sessions in Punta Gorda town, along with the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency(JICA)
*School presentation in Belize City with the Belize Scouts Association
*Private Sector Partnerships such as “Turtle Twirl” flavor collaboration with the Ice Cream Shoppe Belize
*Screening of the movie, “A Plastic Ocean” during a family movie night held in partnership with the Embassy of the United  States,  the Belize  Audubon  Society  and  Department  of  the  Environment at  the  Governor  General  Field  in Belmopan
*Video PSA featuring Belizeans countrywide sharing why they are most thankful for the ocean

Belizean Wave makers are part of the more than a million Oceana members that support the protection and restoration of the world’s oceans.

World Oceans Day 2019–June 8th, Celebrated under the theme “Gender and the Oceans”

World Oceans Day 2019–June 8th, Celebrated under the theme “Gender and the Oceans”

World Oceans Day 2019–June 8th, Celebrated under the theme “Gender and the Oceans”

World Oceans Day 2019–June 8th, Celebrated under the theme “Gender and the Oceans”

World Oceans Day 2019–June 8th, Celebrated under the theme “Gender and the Oceans”

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