Time is running out for the world's oceans as they face the serious consequences of global warming.
The warning comes on World Ocean Day which aims to inform the public about the current state of our oceans.
The World Meteorological Organisation revealed global mean sea-level reached a new record high in 2021.
With Irish environmental programme Clean Coasts celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, a series of clean ups have been organised this week to celebrate today’s World Ocean Day.
Over 300 groups in Ireland, including 16 in County Mayo, have registered to carry out clean ups.
Achill Island, Doohoma Beach, Belmullet Tidal Pool and Shore Road, Ross Beach and Emlagh Beach and more along the Wild Atlantic Way will be involved.
Volunteers who have not registered and encouraged to join public events happening at Old Head, Ross Killala, Doohoma Beach or Ballycroy Visitor Centre.
The public events include a beach clean and talk with Wild Nephin National Park at Wild Nephin National Park this coming Sunday (June 11) while there will be a beach clean with Wild Atlantic Yoga at Ross Killala (June 22).
More information is available at Clean Coasts’ event page.