Their temperature, chemistry, currents, and organisms - drive global systems that make Earth habitable for humans. Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe are all ultimately regulated by the ocean.1
For this reason, the UN General Assembly designated June 8 as World Ocean Day in 2008. The concept of World Ocean Day was first proposed at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 to raise awareness of the critical role the ocean plays in our lives and how people can help protect it.2 On the occasion of this year's "World Ocean Day", we should all take a look at our lifestyles and change our own behavior for the benefit of our environment, the oceans and our livelihoods. After all, the oceans are one of the most important ecosystems on our planet.