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Thursday 04 June 2009

In this week's show we focus on the United Nations' resolution 63/111, paragraph 171. "Ah yes," you say, "the one that decreed June 8th shall forever be known as World Oceans Day." I'm impressed, a week ago I had no idea frankly. But on a list of things to be celebrated and honoured by all, our seas must surely be near the top. They offer a bounty of food to us, and feed the clouds that deliver fresh water to our lands. In return, we offer them plastic bags and sewage. A pretty sweet deal.

In this week's show, Mike and the team wanted to find out who's responsible for protecting our oceans. But we didn't have much luck. Part of the UN suggested the International Maritime Organisation, they in turn recommended a different part of the UN. And it seems no one from the UN division responsible for World Oceans Day was able to discuss the event because of internal restructuring and meetings.

Away from the UN, there are academics out there happy to tell us about the problems facing our oceans, and we hear from the University of Leeds' Dr Angela Carpenter, who reminds us that pollution from boats is not the key problem. "Eighty per cent of marine pollution comes from land based activities," she says, "land waste includes plastic bags, oil, fertilisers, medical waste, sewage and garbage."

As part of our oceans special, we also find Mike hanging out at a fishing village in Cornwall, south west England, and we chat to locals at the port of Jamestown in Ghana. We also have a special report on the acidification of our oceans from Isreal's Red Sea.

As ever, we want to hear your views and pictures. So drop us an email at oneplanet@bbc.com, or send us a postcard. The address is Mike Williams, One Planet, BBC, Bush House, London, WC2B 4PH, UK. We read every message that drops on our doormat or into our email box, so join the debate. And don't forget you can always find us on Facebook if you're a fan, just search for One Planet BBC.

  • Learn more about World Oceans Day

    Learn more about World Oceans Day

    So the UN do have a web site about World Oceans Day - just don't expect any nice pictures of the ocean.

    The UN's World Oceans Day
  • The Making of One Planet...

    Take a peek behind the scenes as Mike tries to record an edition of the One Planet show.

    Go behind the microphone with Mike
  • Looe harbour

    Looe harbour

    Mike recorded this week's show from the Cornish village of Looe - and took this nice picture to prove it.

  • See more pictures of Mike out and about

    See more pictures of Mike out and about

    We're building up an album of pictures Mike has taken out and about during the recording of One Planet.

    Mike on the road
  • Your postcards

    Your postcards

    Thanks again for all your postcards, please keep sending them in.

    One Planet listeners' postcards
  • Mike goes Manga...

    Mike goes Manga...

    Part of our promo campaign that's just been created. If you'd like your own electronic version, just drop us an email at oneplanet@bbc.com


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