Namibians celebrate World Oceans Day

08 Jun 2016 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 08 JUN (NAMPA) - Namibians celebrated World Oceans Day in the coastal town of Swakopmund on Wednesday.
This year’s global theme ‘Healthy oceans, healthy planet’ spotlights the threat of plastic pollution which degrades very slowly, polluting waterways and impacting the health of aquatic animals, which mistake the microbeads for food, as well as the health of humans, according to the United Nations (UN).
Project Coordinator at the Benguela Current Commission Paul Ndjambula told Nampa the National Marine Aquarium of Namibia hosted an open day for the public.
He said the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, the Benguela Current Commission, Namibian Dolphin Project and Albatross Task Force all had information tables and interacted with the visitors.
In comparison with other sea and coastal areas on the continent, the Namibian waters are very clean, said Ndjambula.
Oceans generate half of the oxygen people breathe.
He suggested six ways in which humans can play a meaningful role in safeguarding oceans: minding the carbon footprint and reducing energy consumption; making safe, sustainable seafood choices; using fewer plastic products; helping to take care of the beach; supporting organisations working to protect the ocean; and creating awareness about oceans and marine life.
Healthy oceans regulate the climate and provide a wide range of services, including natural resources, nutritious food and jobs that benefit billions of people.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon affirmed this in his message for the day, which is observed annually on 08 June, saying: “Healthy oceans are essential for a healthy planet and a healthy future for us all”.