Motive

To cope with World Oceans Day 2020 and advocate the concept of “the ocean is the mother of all life and we have to safeguard her properly.” As Taiwan is surrounded by the ocean, it makes it easier for us to relate to everyday situations. This means that students, parents, and teachers can understand the importance of safeguarding the oceans through taking part in the competition and merge plastic reduction actions into daily life to give back a plastic-less blue sea to ocean life. Moreover the form of creation through painting can express our understanding of safeguarding the oceans and climate change, as well as contribute our part to a sustainable environment in the place we live in and then strike a chord in the general public. The teachers can cope with environmental competence education to help students to take heed of plastic reduction actions in their daily lives and points related to environmental protection, as well as lead students to ponder on the actions like energy saving, carbon reduction, and environmental protection they can take in their daily lives.

Did you know?

In 2010 the Convention on Biological Diversity set a new target to protect at least 10% of coastal and marine areas by 2020.

On Oct. 30, 2010 the convening representatives in the 10th Convention on Biological Diversity passed the Nagoya Protocol and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The Aichi Biodiversity Targets clearly define that at least 10% of coastal and marine areas should be protected by 2020. At that time there were only 12% of land areas and less than 1% of coastal and marine areas around the world were protected.

In 2016 the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) passed in World Conservation Congress the target that by 2030 30% of the world’s oceans should be protected.

Experts pointed out that if we want to protect marine species, avoid the impact of climate change, we need to protect at least 30% of coastal and marine areas by 2030. Up to 2019, only 2% of coastal and marine areas around the area were under protection with 0.8%, less than 1% for international waters.

Safeguarding the oceans, Taiwan not out of the picture

Taiwan established Ocean Affairs Council in 2018 and the Ocean Basic Act was passed on November 1, 2019 after the third reading and clearly designated June 8, 2020 as National Ocean Day to echo World Oceans Day and make ocean awareness deeply rooted in the government and all sectors of society.

With all the reasons mentioned above, the Institute used “Our Oceans, Our Future” as the theme in the 10th (2020) painting competition to echo Goal 14 “Life Below Water” of the UN SDGs. In order to safeguard the oceans, we advocate the concept of “the ocean is the mother of all life and we have to safeguard her properly” through the form of a competition. As Taiwan is surrounded by the ocean, it makes it easier for us to relate to everyday situations. This means that students, parents, and teachers can understand the importance of safeguarding the oceans through taking part in the competition and merge plastic reduction actions into daily life to give back a plastic-less blue sea to ocean life. Moreover the form of creation through painting can express our understanding of safeguarding the oceans and climate change, as well as contribute our part to a sustainable environment in the place we live in and then strike a chord in the general public.

There are 8 things we can do for the oceans today.

We all know that oceans are the cradle of life. If there are no oceans, there won’t be life on Earth. If oceans have been damaged, then the Earth is in danger.

Oceans can balance the climate, provide oxygen and 80% of life live in the oceans, Yet with the elevation of human civilizations, oceans have been used and damaged endlessly on the other hand and the situation has become one that cannot be disregarded.

This is something we can do by simply sharing 8 simple tasks. Let us safeguard the oceans starting from today and contribute our part to ocean sustainability together.

Reducing use of plastic

Bring your own reusable cups, reusable tableware, and bring shopping bags when you go out. In our daily lives we will produce plastic trash that would “plasticize” oceans without much notice. Try to cut down on the use of plastic and we can protect the oceans.

Energy saving, carbon reduction

Turn off the power when you leave, turn AC on less frequently, or adjust the AC temperature to 26-28℃ in the summertime will all help in reducing carbon emissions.

Avoid eating some types of fish

Many of the fishes are becoming endangered. In order to maintain marine biodiversity, please stop buying fishes that have been over-harvested! Commonly seen in Taiwan are whitebait and shark fins and we should eat less of them as much as possible.

Cutting down on water use

We absolutely cannot live without water. Cutting down on the use of water resources can also do a part in safeguarding the oceans! Use water saving devices more. For example, install low flow shower heads in the bathroom, and reduce shower time when taking a bath. We believe that smart as you are, you can also find a lot of tips to save water.

Reducing release of domestic wastewater

Domestic wastewater will go to the sea ultimately through sewage disposal facilities. Wastewater treatment cannot get rid of all the hazardous chemical substances. You might as well choose to use natural methods to do the dishes and clean the kitchen. Warm water, natural detergents made from orange peels, and camellia seed powder are all good candidates.

Choosing ocean-friendly sunscreen

Sunscreen indeed is an ocean killer and it easily leads to whitening of corals and deaths. Aside from physically blocking the sun, we should choose biodegradable products that contain no hazardous materials. Start from sun blocking to love the Earth, protect the skin while protecting the natural environment simultaneously.

Not buying products made from endangered marine life

Pay attention not to buy products made from endangered animals like corals, hawksbill sea turtles, or sharks. There would be no killing if there’s no buying. Please call on children to protect marine life together.

Join or share our activity!

After reading so much, it’s better that you take part in the climate change painting creation competition! Or share the competition event with others and let more people know! Through painting creation we can let everyone take care of the Earth’s health and become guardians of the environment.

Directions of theme

Still no idea after reading so much? Here we list a few directions for your reference!