4 June 2019

UNAI QUIZ: World Oceans Day

8 June is World Oceans Day and an opportunity to remind everyone of the major role oceans play in everyday life.

They are the lungs of our planet, providing 70% of the oxygen we breathe, they hold 97% of the planet’s water and contribute to poverty eradication by creating sustainable livelihoods, providing decent work and global food security, oceans are the primary regulator of global climate, and they host huge reservoirs of biodiversity.

The focus of this year’s observance is on the intersection between gender and the ocean, including ways to promote gender equality in ocean-related activities such as marine scientific research, fisheries, labour at sea, migration by sea and human trafficking, as well as policy-making and management.

The importance of gender equality — in particular for the effective conservation and sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources — is increasingly recognized. However, there is very little data and research on these issues, and concerted action towards gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is still needed in all ocean-related sectors to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 5.

The fight against plastic pollution is also a key focus of this international day. The President of the General Assembly launched 'Play It Out', a global campaign against plastic pollution. Decades of overuse and a surge in single-use plastics has led to a global environmental catastrophe. Plastics remain intact for decades or centuries after use, those that do erode end up as micro-plastics, consumed by fish and other marine wildlife, quickly making their way into the global food chain.

From plastic straws to plastic bags, we must redouble our efforts to #BeatPlasticPollution.

Through education and activities the goal is to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean and develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the sustainable management of the world's oceans. In the end, it is a day to celebrate the beauty, wealth and promise of the ocean.
 

Test your ocean knowledge now!

 

Correct! The ocean covers three quarters of the Earth’s surface and represents 99 percent of the living space on the planet by volume.

Incorrect. The correct answer is B. The ocean covers three quarters of the Earth’s surface and represents 99 percent of the living space on the planet by volume.

Incorrect. The correct answer is B. The ocean covers three quarters of the Earth’s surface and represents 99 percent of the living space on the planet by volume.

Correct! The ocean absorbs about 30 percent of carbon dioxide produced by humans, buffering the impacts of global warming.

Incorrect. The correct answer is C. The ocean absorbs about 30 percent of carbon dioxide produced by humans, buffering the impacts of global warming.

Incorrect. The correct answer is C. The ocean absorbs about 30 percent of carbon dioxide produced by humans, buffering the impacts of global warming.

Correct! More than 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. Moreover, the market value of marine and coastal resources and industries is estimated at US$3 trillion per year, about 5 percent of global GDP.

Incorrect. The correct answer is B. More than 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. Moreover, the market value of marine and coastal resources and industries is estimated at US$3 trillion per year, about 5 percent of global GDP.

Incorrect. The correct answer is B. More than 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. Moreover, the market value of marine and coastal resources and industries is estimated at US$3 trillion per year, about 5 percent of global GDP.

Correct! Women make only 64% of a man’s wage and have less access to decision making positions

Incorrect. The correct answer is C. Women make only 64% of a man’s wage and have less access to decision making positions

Incorrect. The correct answer is C. Women make only 64% of a man’s wage and have less access to decision making positions

Correct! 13,000,000 tons of plastic leak into the ocean every year, and among other damage, kills 100,000 marine animals annually.

Incorrect. The correct answer is A. 13,000,000 tons of plastic leak into the ocean every year, and among other damage, kills 100,000 marine animals annually.

Incorrect. The correct answer is A. 13,000,000 tons of plastic leak into the ocean every year, and among other damage, kills 100,000 marine animals annually.

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