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Jun 10, 2019

World Oceans Day 2019 – Gender and the Oceans

June eighth was celebrated as World Oceans Day 2019 under the theme “Gender and the Oceans.” Hundreds of Belizeans countrywide carried out different activities as they joined the international community in commemorating the day. According to a release from OCEANA in Belize, this year’s theme focuses on “the importance of gender equality, particularly for the effective conservation and sustainable use of marine resources as we strive to build greater ocean and gender literacy, and discover possible ways to promote gender equality in all ocean-related activities.”  OCEANA Belize along with hundreds of wave makers participated in beach cleanups in Corozal, Caye Caulker, Hopkins, Snake Caye and Punta Negra. There were also student presentations and art sessions in Punta Gorda, along with B.T.I.A. and Japan International Cooperation Agency. There was the screening of the movie, “A Plastic Ocean” during a family movie night held in partnership with the Embassy of the United States, the Belize Audubon Society and Department of the Environment at the Governor General Field in Belmopan. The ocean and marine resources directly impact thousands of Belizeans providing employment opportunities in various industries. It also provides subsistence for coastal communities and the ocean helps to regulate climate and generate most of the oxygen we breathe.

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