The theme for this year's World Oceans Day is "Gender and Oceans", which is a unique lens by which to explore humankind's relationship with the oceans. Such events play a pivotal role in enhancing awareness about the importance of clean oceans amongst the general populace.
World Oceans Day takes place every 8 June.
Legarda said that, according to the United Nations, oceans absorb about 30% of carbon dioxide emissions produced by humans, mitigating the impacts of global warming. Thus, human activity on land is directly affecting the oceans and the life that flourishes within.
"Oceans are lifelines for our planet as they provide most of the oxygen we breathe, the source of water that sustains life on Earth, the major source of food and play a critical part in regulating climate", the Chief Minister said in a message on his Twitter handle. Women only earn 64% of men's wage in aquaculture and have less access to decision-making positions.
Admiral Zafar Mehmood Abbasi said the theme aimed to raise gender literacy and promote gender equality in ocean related activities such as marine scientific research, fisheries, labour at sea, as well as policy making. We also acknowledge the need for greater participation of women to address these challenges in a more sustainable manner.
To commemorate significance of the World Oceans Day, Pakistan Navy is playing a lead role in promoting safe and sustainable use of ocean resources. Another focal area being pursued by PN is the promotion of formal Maritime Education, especially for the women. "It is precisely because of this vulnerability that we should regard women as valuable holders of knowledge and skills to prepare for and cope with these circumstances, as a means to learn on how better to protect and promote ocean health", Legarda said. Naval Chief added that Pakistan Navy has remained cognisant of the significance of clean oceans, so that future generation could also benefit from this treasure trove. He further urged all to reaffirm their commitment to preserving sustainable use of the oceans and marine resources while making conscious efforts to empower women in various ocean-related economic activities.