World Ocean Day is celebrated annually on June 8th to highlight the important role the ocean has for our life and the planet. In 2022, the focus will once more be on the 30×30 campaign: to create a healthy ocean with abundant wildlife and to stabilize the climate, it’s critical that 30% of our planet’s lands, waters, and ocean are protected by 2030.

In 2021, the initiative changed its name from “World Oceans Day” to “World Ocean Day”. By dropping the “s”, its organisers wanted to highlight the fact that we are all connected by a large ocean. This shared ocean supports all life on the planet, by producing most of the oxygen we breathe and regulating climate. No matter where we live, we all depend on the ocean to survive. This means that each piece of marine litter removed from a beach, river, lake, park or street in Ireland, will have a positive impact on a global scale.

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How are we celebrating World Ocean Day?

This year, to celebrate World Ocean Day, we teamed up with Clean Coasts to give away clean-up kits for communities, groups and individuals to organise a beach clean between 5th and 12th June.

One of the issues affecting our ocean is marine litter which has become a global problem for both humans and marine life. However, communities around Ireland have demonstrated their desire to be part of the solution by taking part in several clean up calls to action.

Statistics show that the number one cause of marine litter is litter dropped in towns and cities. For this reason, building on the success of the #SpringClean22 campaign, which took place in the month of April and saw 500,000 organising over 5,600 clean-ups removing 2,800 tonnes of litter, the National Spring Clean programme is joining Clean Coasts this year in supporting these communities around Ireland.