Save the Sharks on World Oceans Day 2023
PC: Society & Diplomatic Review
Ambassador Paolo Zampolli of Dominica, Amanda Ungaro, and their son Giovanni Zampolli, celebrates World Oceans Day 2023 with We Are the Oceans (WATO) and friends of the cause.
The organization along with the UN is dedicated to strengthening efforts geared towards creating the ocean needed for the future. WATO has been a longstanding and dedicated organization with efforts toward raising the visibility of challenges surrounding ocean health and issues of oceanic degradation.
The Ambassador highlighted the UN's efforts on the InternationalOcean Agenda, including toward the creation of the stand-alone “Ocean” Sustainable DevelopmentGoal 14: Life Below Water. He also expressed appreciation of the potebntial collaboration of the World Oceans Day event at the MET.
The ocean covers over 70% of the planet. It is our life source, supporting humanity’s sustenance and that of every other organism on earth.
The ocean produces at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen, it is home to most of earth’s biodiversity, and is the main source of protein for more than a billion people around the world. Not to mention, the ocean is key to our economy with an estimated 40 million people being employed by ocean-based industries by 2030.
Even though all its benefits, the ocean is now in need of support.
With 90% of big fish populations depleted, and 50% of coral reefs destroyed, we are taking more from the ocean than can be replenished. We need to work together to create a new balance with the ocean that no longer depletes its bounty but instead restores its vibrancy and brings it new life.
“Planet Ocean: tides are changing”, is the theme for World Oceans Day 2023 - the UN is joining forces with decision-makers, indigenous leaders, scientists, private sector executives, civil society, celebrities, and youth activist to put the ocean first.