During the Day, adolescents will come together at a UNESCO Campus (10 – 11.30 am). Other notable events will include a lecture on ocean acidification (2.30 – 3.30 pm), a debate on the need raise public awareness of ocean science (3.30 – 4.30 pm) and a round table discussion entitled Climate – The ocean is part of the solutions (11 am to 1 pm).
Since it is the largest net supplier of oxygen in the world, the ocean is as important as forests as the “lung” of the planet. By absorbing nearly one quarter of the carbon emissions produced by human activity, the ocean also plays a regulating role in climate change. However, the increase of carbon dioxide emission, which translates into ocean acidification, the overexploitation of resources and pollution, diminish marine ecosystems’ capacity to adapt to present and future climate changes. This subject will be addressed during the COP22 (Marrakesh, Morocco, from 7 to 18 November 2016).