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World Oceans Day 2021: Sand Art At Odisha’s Puri Beach Calls To ‘Preserve Ocean, Life And Livelihoods’

World Oceans Day 2021: Padma Shree awardee and sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sculpture featuring the marine life at Puri beach in Odisha

World Oceans Day 2021: Sand Art At Odisha’s Puri Beach Calls To ‘Preserve Ocean, Life And Livelihoods’

New Delhi: Oceans, that cover 70 per cent of the planet are the life source supporting humanity’s sustenance and that of every other organism on earth, according to United Nations. To remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life, World Oceans Day is observed annually on June 8. World Oceans Day 2021 is based on the theme “The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods”. To mark the special occasion and extend his support to protecting oceans, Padma Shree awardee and sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sculpture featuring marine life at Puri beach in Odisha.

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Talking to NDTV about his latest sand art, Mr Pattnaik said,

We have used the heart, a symbol of love, to depict the ocean. The blue colour heart that resembles the ocean has fishes and turtles residing in it and asking to ‘preserve our ocean’. The sea life is appealing for love and care. We all are aware of plastic pollution and how often plastic waste ends up in water bodies polluting the environment and threatening marine life. The sand art is a call to protect the oceans and lives.

Take A Look At The Sand Art

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Mr Pattnaik informed that it took him five hours and six tonnes of sand to put the piece together. The 15 feet wide sand art carries the theme of World Oceans Day 2021 that is ‘The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods’.

Our words need to translate into actions and we all need to take substantial actions towards protecting oceans, said Mr Pattnaik.

The world renowned sand artist has on numerous occasions dedicated his gigantic sand sculptures to raise awareness among people about environmental issues. Last year on World Oceans Day, Mr Pattnaik shared one of his works that called to protect and preserve the oceans from the wrath of plastic pollution.

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The Ocean: Life And Livelihoods

As per the UN, the ocean produces at least 50 per cent of the planet’s oxygen, it is home to most of the earth’s biodiversity, and is the main source of protein for more than a billion people around the world. The ocean is key to our economy with an estimated 40 million people being employed by ocean-based industries by 2030. However, our oceans need our support.

With 90 per cent of big fish populations depleted, and 50 per cent of coral reefs destroyed, we are taking more from the ocean than can be replenished. To protect and preserve the ocean and all it sustains, we must create a new balance, rooted in true understanding of the ocean and how humanity relates to it. We must build a connection to the ocean that is inclusive, innovative, and informed by lessons from the past, states UN.

World Oceans Day 2021 is focused at mobilising actions for sustainable management of oceans. The day also marks the launch of a decade of challenges to get the Sustainable Development Goal 14, “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources”, by 2030.

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World

22,81,49,892Cases
19,07,93,163Active
3,26,71,167Recovered
46,85,562Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,81,49,892 and 46,85,562 have died; 19,07,93,163 are active cases and 3,26,71,167 have recovered as on September 19, 2021 at 3:52 am.

India

3,34,48,163 30,773Cases
3,32,1588,481Active
3,26,71,167 38,945Recovered
4,44,838 309Deaths
In India, there are 3,34,48,163 confirmed cases including 4,44,838 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,32,158 and 3,26,71,167 have recovered as on September 19, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,18,502 3,391

51,472 530

63,28,561 3,841

1,38,469 80

Kerala

44,88,813 19,325

1,81,411 8,084

42,83,963 27,266

23,439 143

Karnataka

29,67,083 889

15,783 205

29,13,713 1,080

37,587 14

Tamil Nadu

26,43,683 1,653

16,893 50

25,91,480 1,581

35,310 22

Andhra Pradesh

20,37,353 1,174

14,653 144

20,08,639 1,309

14,061 9

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,652 9

193 2

16,86,572 7

22,887

West Bengal

15,61,014 728

7,967 41

15,34,406 757

18,641 12

Delhi

14,38,469 41

404 3

14,12,980 44

25,085

Odisha

10,19,621 695

5,929 689

10,05,564

8,128 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,042 28

332 14

9,91,150 42

13,560

Rajasthan

9,54,246 8

102 2

9,45,190 10

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,715 13

143 11

8,15,490 24

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,386 6

97 12

7,81,772 18

10,517

Haryana

7,70,711 6

323 0

7,60,580 6

9,808

Bihar

7,25,881 10

65 0

7,16,158 10

9,658

Telangana

6,63,281 255

5,148 75

6,54,230 329

3,903 1

Punjab

6,01,236 30

316 7

5,84,453 23

16,467

Assam

5,97,709 365

5,063 102

5,86,856 465

5,790 2

Jharkhand

3,48,114 3

74 20

3,42,907 23

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,376 21

282 0

3,35,704 20

7,390 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,27,773 152

1,479 39

3,21,878 113

4,416

Himachal Pradesh

2,16,813 174

1,610 30

2,11,554 142

3,649 2

Goa

1,75,414 123

771 40

1,71,351 81

3,292 2

Puducherry

1,25,384 128

924 5

1,22,631 122

1,829 1

Manipur

1,18,261 140

2,180 92

1,14,251 228

1,830 4

Tripura

83,840 31

367 37

82,665 67

808 1

Meghalaya

79,325 119

1,876 76

76,075 192

1,374 3

Mizoram

79,171 1,104

14,456 161

64,456 938

259 5

Chandigarh

65,176 4

35 1

64,323 3

818

Arunachal Pradesh

54,060 32

461 44

53,328 76

271

Sikkim

30,893 54

728 28

29,786 82

379

Nagaland

30,840 60

491 20

29,696 39

653 1

Ladakh

20,702

109 0

20,386

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

1 4

10,665 4

4

Lakshadweep

10,356

6 1

10,299 1

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,598 2

14 0

7,455 2

129

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