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Aruba takes the challenge for World Oceans Day on June 8th: Healthy oceans, healthy planet!

All around the world, thousands of people will be gathering at different events to celebrate World Ocean day. Aruba also wants to help solve the problem like plastic trash that ends up in the ocean.

This year’s theme, ‘Healthy oceans, healthy planet’ is to generate awareness and invite people to take action to prevent plastic pollution.

World Oceans Day is a United Nations recognized day of ocean celebration and action for the ocean, held every June 8th. The concept for a “World Ocean Day” was first proposed in 1992 by the Government of Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, and was officially recognized by the UN in December 2008.

Plastic pollution is a serious threat because it degrades slowly. More than 8 million tons of plastic trash ends up in the ocean every year, including millions of disposable bags, impacting health of our marine life.

This year Aruba is joining efforts by taking the Better Bag Challenge, this action-oriented effort is an initiative of the worldoceansday.org, which includes the commitment where people will avoid the use of disposable plastic bags for at least one year. You can accept this challenge and share your commitment to the Better Bag Challenge with us. Post your photo with your reusable bag in Aruba and hash tag #aruba #dnmaruba #BetterBagChallenge #WorldOceansDay

You are invited! The Ministry of General Affairs together with the directorate of Nature and Environment of Aruba, the National Park Arikok and the Aruba Tourism Authority invites you to attend this Ocean Dialogue where we will be showcasing the video ‘Trash Talk’ followed by a dialogue with stakeholders on topics related to plastic pollution and its consequences. Event will be held on the 8th of June at the National Park Arikok, Aruba.

In order to ensure the health and safety of our communities and future generations, it’s important that we take the responsibility to care for the ocean as it cares for us. Careful management of oceans is key feature for a sustainable future.

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