Pakistan Navy observed World Oceans Day with enthusiasm and with an aim to create awareness about the importance of clean oceans, their protection and preservation.
Every year on June 8, World Oceans Day is celebrated across the world under the auspices of the United Nations to highlight the importance of oceans and to create awareness about the role they play in sustenance of life on Earth. The oceans cover about two-third of surface of the Earth and 70% of our oxygen comes from the oceans, hence constituting the very foundation of life.
The theme selected for this year’s World Oceans Day was “Gender and Oceans” which provided a unique opportunity to explore the gender aspect of the humankind’s relationship with oceans. Although women constitute half of the workforce, their share in ocean related fields is only marginal. Pakistan Navy being a major stakeholder in the maritime domain takes lead in creating awareness about promoting gender equality in ocean related fields including marine scientific research, oceanography, fisheries, marine policymaking and management.
Being the sole proprietor of maritime domain of the country, Pakistan Navy observed the day by arranging a number of awareness raising events and activities. These activities included beach cleaning campaigns, lectures and seminars on significance of the day and social media campaigns. Such events play a pivotal role in enhancing awareness about importance of clean oceans amongst the general populace.
Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, in his message on the day, has said that oceans act as lungs of this planet. The oceans absorb most of the greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide and are the major source of the oxygen that we breathe. CNS highlighted that ‘Pakistan Navy has remained cognizant of the significance of clean oceans, so that future generations can also benefit from this treasure trove’. He further urged everyone to re-affirm their commitment for preserving sustainable use of oceans and marine resources while making conscious efforts to empower women in various ocean related economic activities.
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