World Oceans Day: Beach Cleanups Held Worldwide

World Oceans Day: Beach Cleanups Held Worldwide

With the oceans facing threats such as plastic pollution and global warming, World Oceans Day aims to raise awareness with a series of events. A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival, organizers say.

People across the globe on Saturday gathered to clean up beaches and celebrate the importance of oceans in honor of World Oceans Day.

More than 1,000 events have been scheduled.

Many people attended beach cleanups or information sessions, while others made art installations and attended ocean-themed exhibitions.

The oceans cover about 70% of the Earth's surface and provide 70% of the oxygen we breathe.

The giant swathes of water also absorb around a third of all man-made CO2, and 90% of the excess heat created by those emissions goes into the sea.

Find more info about the cleanups on DW.com