Pro­mote less pol­lu­tion in Youth Month

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD OCEANS DAY -

THIS year’s theme, ‘Our Oceans, Our Fu­ture’, fo­cuses on en­cour­ag­ing so­lu­tions to plas­tic pol­lu­tion and pre­vent­ing marine lit­ter for a health­ier ocean and a bet­ter fu­ture.

The Ocean Pro­ject has ex­panded its ef­fort to en­gage more youth world­wide through the cre­ation of a World Oceans Day Youth Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil, which in­cludes 11 young peo­ple (ages 14-22) from 11 coun­tries across Asia, Aus­tralia/Ocea­nia, Africa, Europe, North Amer­ica and the Caribbean.

As this is Youth Month in South Africa, it is an ex­cel­lent time to start a drive wher­ever you live to clean up the rivers in your area.

All rivers even­tu­ally flow to the sea and there­fore, keep­ing the rivers free of pol­lu­tion and alien in­vaders is es­sen­tial to keep wa­ter flow­ing to the sea.

World Oceans Day al­lows us to:

Change per­spec­tive – think about what the ocean means to you and what it has to of­fer all of us with hopes of con­serv­ing it for present and the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions

Learn about the wealth of di­verse and beau­ti­ful ocean crea­tures and habi­tats, how our daily ac­tions af­fect them and how we are all in­ter­con­nected

Change our ways – by tak­ing care of your back­yard and help­ing in your com­mu­nity, you are act­ing as a care­taker of our ocean, even if you are far away from the sea.

Mak­ing small mod­i­fi­ca­tions to your ev­ery­day habits will make a dif­fer­ence and in­volv­ing your fam­ily, friends and com­mu­nity will ben­e­fit our blue planet even more

Cel­e­brate – whether you live in­land or on the coast, we are all con­nected to the ocean.

Take the time to think about how the ocean af­fects you, and how you af­fect the ocean, and then or­gan­ise or par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties that cel­e­brate our ocean.

Over the last sev­eral years, as part of our ma­jor push to en­gage more youth around the world, the Ocean Pro­ject has in­vested heav­ily in so­cial me­dia for spread­ing the mes­sage.

As part of that, it de­vel­ops an an­nual World Oceans Day so­cial me­dia cam­paign that all its part­ners can tie in with to en­hance their ef­forts, based on the con­ser­va­tion theme of the year.

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The Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs Nosipho Ng­caba as­sist­ing youth in clean-up ac­tiv­i­ties at last year’s event.

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