The annual World Oceans Day on Monday 8 June is a global celebration of the ocean and the life in it. This year’s focus is on the global call to world leaders to safeguard 30% of our ocean by 2030. New Zealand only fully protects 0.4% of its ocean space. In 2016 the IUCN World Conservation Congress called for the protection of 30% of the ocean by 2030.
Peter Burling says “New Zealand has one of the largest and most significant ocean spaces on the planet and this is a day we should celebrate proudly. With over 4 million sq kms of ocean space we have a global responsibility to step up to protect and restore it.”
The pair launched Live Ocean, a marine conservation charity in November last year. This is the first World Oceans Day since launch and they’re kicking off the global awareness campaign by challenging kiwis to connect with their beloved ocean. The challenge will be revealed via Blair Tuke’s Instagram page tomorrow — Saturday 6th June.
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