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World Oceans Day is an annual event dedicated to the celebration and protection of the Earth's vast water bodies. The day aims to raise awareness about the importance of oceans to our planet, promote sustainable development, and encourage responsible use of marine resources. This global observance symbolizes a collective effort to conserve our oceans for present and future generations, emphasizing their critical role in regulating climate, providing food, and supporting diverse ecosystems serving as a habitat for innumerable species.
The concept of World Oceans Day was first proposed in 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The day was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2008, and since then, it has increasingly gained traction and relevance in countries like India. As a nation with a vast coastline stretching over 7,500 kilometers, India plays a significant role in ocean conservation, sustainable fishing, and combating plastic pollution. The impact of climate change on India's marine biodiversity and coastal communities further emphasizes the need for active participation in the observance of World Oceans Day.
World Oceans Day celebrations in India usually feature various educational and awareness programs, beach clean-up drives, and awareness campaigns led by local communities, non-governmental organizations, and educational institutions. Workshops on sustainable fishing practices, marine pollution, and coastal ecosystem conservation are conducted to create a better understanding and appreciation of the oceans. India observes World Oceans Day annually on the 8th of June, joining the global community in celebrating the importance of our oceans and advocating for their preservation and responsible management.
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