Education & Awareness

Why Save our Ocean?

Overview

Planet Earth has always been a misnomer, since 70% of our planet is covered in water. Only 3% of that is freshwater, of which only 1% is available for us to use. The other 97% of the Earth’s water is in our ocean. The largest ecosystem in the world, our ocean holds some of the rarest animals and is economically invaluable to us humans. We rely on the ocean for transport, recreation and spiritual well-being. More importantly, we rely on the ocean for survival. More than 3 billion people depend on the ocean to provide them their basic, daily nutritional needs. Our ocean also provides all of us, no matter where you live, 70% of the oxygen we breathe. Most importantly, the ocean is a carbon sink. This means that it absorbs much of the carbon dioxide in the air, a vital role in the age of the climate crisis. Without the ocean there is no us.

But even the vast ocean has limits, when it comes to carbon absorption, fish stocks and providing healthy habitats to marine animals and plants. In this time called the Anthropocene, we have had a profound impact on the ocean.

The most visible is plastic pollution. Every year, more than 8 million tons of plastic enter our ocean, causing serious harm to many different species of marine animal. Sea turtles, whales, dolphins, fish and even plankton are eating the plastic that is now found in every corner of our ocean. Not only is plastic ingested by animals, it also leads to entanglements, which generally lead to an untimely death. An even greater impact is the result of our lifestyle choices – the ocean is showing signs of distress due to the climate crisis. Our personal choices are affecting marine animals directly, by rising sea water temperatures and habitat destruction.

But, it is not too late. We still have time to turn the tide. You can make a difference. We are here to inform, to inspire, so that you can have a positive impact on the future of our ocean.

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever

Jacques Cousteau