World Oceans Day 2012
World Oceans Day was first introduced in 1992 to raise awareness of the crucial role the sea plays as sources of food, oxygen and medicine. It was officially recognised by the United Nations (UN) in 2008 and is observed on June 8 each year. World Ocean Day is celebrated each year to highlight the importance of the ocean in our daily lives.It is one of the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe. The Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the impacts of human actions on the ocean; and to mobilise and unite the world behind a project of sustainable global ocean management.
Oceans Day 2012 theme and activities
The theme for this year, “Climate knowledge for climate action,” provides an opportunity to take stock of the climate knowledge built in the last decades as an essential base to support the path towards more ambitious action to address climate change and climate variability.
The purpose of the day is to create weather awareness and enhance the learners’ knowledge on weather and climate. In this respect, three schools will participate in a competition in the form of seven-minute presentations on climate change. The schools stand a chance to win fantastic prizes from SAWS, DEA and the broadcast media partner, OVHD.
The Deputy Minister Environmental Affairs, Free State MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs; Thabo Mofutsanyane District Mayor and the Maluti-a-Phofong Executive Mayor will lend their public profiles to the day and further act as judges in the competition.
The Free State province has recently experienced severe weather conditions, ranging from droughts and heavy rains to dust storms. There is thus, a dire need to reach out to communities in this province particularly those affected by severe weather events in order to educate them on precautions they can take during these events as well as the interventions by SAWS to ensure the safety of life and property.
The event will ensure that more people become aware of the work of SAWS as the national provider of weather and climate-related information, technological advancements and the various careers and bursary opportunities available for the youth at the state-owned entity.
The observance of World Oceans Day in South Africa allows us to highlight the impact of oceans on our country and the various ways in which oceans contribute to our country. Celebrating the day provides the department with an opportunity to highlight the considerable challenges we face in dealing with marine pollution, maintaining the oceans’ capacity to regulate the global climate, supply essential ecosystem services and provide sustainable livelihoods and safe recreation.
The celebration of the day coincides with and forms part of the dedication of June as National Environment Month
- Speech by Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi
- Images: Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi leads World Oceans Day celebrations
- Programme [PDF - 1.25 mb]
- Media advisory