Sunset in Pilar, SorsogonSeen from space the Earth is covered in a blue mantle.

Planet Earth is planet ocean as it engulfs the enormously deep and endless frontier of our planet.

Without the global ocean there would be no life on Earth.

As a staggering 80 percent of all the life on Earth resides hidden beneath the waves in the vast global oceans of our world, which is as wide as the many stories that have been inspired by its awesome beauty and its power to shape our human civilization.

Experts say that we in the Philippines are living in the region with the highest levels of biodiversity for the world's marine ecosystems. Ironically, majority of them have already been heavily devastated and needing immediate action in order for them to be saved and recover from the damages brought about by pollution and destructive fishing.

Today, we celebrate World Oceans Day to honor the world's oceans.

 

It is my hope that as we honor our oceans here in the Philippines, World Oceans Day would challenge us to you to join the broad movement of people, groups, and communities that are taking action to conserve and protect what’s left of our marine resources while at the same working to change the systems and practices that causes its destruction.

I believe that saving the work of saving our seas can only be achieved if we can channel our collective concern to protect our oceans together into a single voice that starts with making a commitment to get involved with our work to defend our oceans.

Please sign up at www.defendouroceans.org to become an ocean defender.