Our future is tied to our ocean
Its shared seas connect us through food, culture and sport. Home to amazing, abundant life, the ocean is also a powerful climate solution. Yet less than 3 percent of it is fully protected (at least on paper) from human - driven damage. We can do better than 3 percent. Let’s put an end to pollution, overfishing, bottom trawling and open-net salmon farms, and establish marine protected areas that restore vitality to ocean ecosystems so they can nourish us and future generations.
Join the movement to advance the protection of these precious places across the globe in 2023 to put an end to bottom trawling, open - net salmon farms, and establish marine protected areas.
Why It Matters
The ocean is a climate solution. Our shared seas absorb about 25 percent of human-driven carbon emissions; provide at least half the oxygen we breathe; support abundant, biodiverse fish populations; and generate renewable energy that can end our reliance on fossil fuels.
Around the world, coastal communities represent more than one-third of the global population. These are also the people who will bear the brunt of rising sea levels and degraded ocean habitats. Actions like designating marine protected areas and mitigating industrial fishing can restore the ecosystems they need.
The ocean is medicine, whether it’s the waves that inspire joy, food that nourishes us or the central, sacred space it holds for coastal communities that have revered this resource for millennia. Keeping it healthy ensures that symbiotic relationship remains strong. Protect the ocean and it’ll continue to provide for us.