Message from Joyce Msuya, Acting Executive Director of UNEP, for World Wildlife Day 2019
Our oceans provide food, nourishment and livelihoods to over 3 billion people on Earth.
In 2019, World Wildlife Day focuses on life below water, celebrating the critical role oceans play for both people and planet.
Our aim is also to draw attention to their plight.
Climate change, human activity and marine pollution are having a devastating impact on life below water.
One-third of global fish stocks are over-exploited.
At least 8 million tons of plastics flows into our oceans and seas every year.
And ocean warming is destroying coral reefs around the world.
On World Wildlife Day, UN Environment’s Clean Seas and Wild for Life campaigns are joining forces to raise awareness and drive action to protect the marine world.
Saving Seas Just Got Personal.
As part of our campaign, we are introducing nine new marine species.
These creatures, great, small and the unexpected, all face numerous threats to their survival.
So, this World Wildlife Day, we encourage you to find your kindred marine species and making saving our seas personal.
Each and every one of us can turn the tide for our oceans.