08 Jun 2022 - 08 Jun 2022 | Administrator
The ocean covers over 70% of the planet. It is our life source, supporting humanityâs sustenance and that of every other organism on earth.
The ocean produces at least 50% of the planetâs oxygen, it is home to most of earthâs biodiversity, and is the main source of protein for more than a billion people around the world. Not to mention, the ocean is key to our economy with an estimated 40 million people being employed by ocean-based industries by 2030.
Even though all its benefits, the ocean is now in need of support.
With 90% of big fish populations depleted, and 50% 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.
âThe Ocean: Life and Livelihoodsâ is the theme for World Oceans Day 2021, as well as a declaration of intentions that launches a decade of challenges to get the Sustainable Development Goal 14, âConserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resourcesâ, by 2030.