Mr. Speaker, today is World Ocean Day. Created in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, World Ocean Day is an opportunity to celebrate the life-giving role of oceans worldwide. This year's theme is “Oceans...only a river away!”
Our oceans shape every aspect of our lives, where we live, work and play, what we eat and the climate conditions we experience.
Our oceans and coastal and marine waters confront us all with serious challenges: habitat loss, water quality and quantity issues, the threat of invasive species, and of course, climate change.
On this World Ocean Day let us all remember the immeasurable value the world's oceans bring to us and think about what we can do to protect them.
In this spirit, I call on the Conservative government to give up its climate change denial stance and take some real action to protect our environment and to defend our oceans.