The World Wildlife Day was celebrated on Sunday under the theme “Life below Water: For People for Planet”.
According to the UNESCO, It is the first World Wildlife Day highlighting on marine biodiversity. The objective is to raise awareness about the diversity of marine wildlife and its benefits to our everyday lives. The programme also aims to ensure that the biodiversity of marine life is preserved for generations to come, according to Firstpost.
Several tweets were posted focusing on the event.
Let us hear the cry of the earth, wounded in a thousand ways by human greed. Let us allow her to remain a welcoming home, in which no one feels excluded. #WorldWildlifeDay
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) March 3, 2019
— Herbiⓥore (@herbivore_club) March 3, 2019
— The Weather Channel India (@weatherindia) March 3, 2019
Following an article by the maritime-executive magazine, over three billion people depend on these resources for their livelihoods globally. The market value of marine and coastal resources and related industries is estimated at $3 trillion per year, about five percent of global GDP.
A message by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, marine species provide indispensable ecosystem services. Plankton enriches the atmosphere with oxygen and more than 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for sustenance and livelihoods.
According to Forbes, one of the key aspects of this campaign in association with Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is combating plastic pollution. Towards this goal, 57 countries (and 60% of global coastlines) have pledged to reduce their use of single-use and non-recoverable plastics via the United Nations’ Clean Seas Program, which launched two years ago. Estimates of the amount of plastic floating around the global oceans vary from 5 to 51 trillion individual pieces and 8 million tons of plastic are added to the ocean each year. Plastic pollution affects animals of all sizes from microscopic zooplankton to large whales and sharks.
Yet experts say more than 30 percent of marine fish stocks with commercial value are over-fished and 90 percent of large predators are gone from the oceans. The United Nations Development Program says a literal “sea change” is needed not just in marine resource utilization but also in land-based activities such as agriculture and waste management, according to Philstar Global.
A video was published by the World Wildlife Day in YouTube showcasing young voices.