Why should I care about the ocean? Because the ocean is the cornerstone of Earth’s life support system.
Scientists estimate more than 2 million species live in ocean waters and nine out of ten haven’t been fully identified. Coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass are interconnected ocean ecosystems that support an astounding array of biodiversity and have deep roots in local cultures.
The ocean regulates our climate, produces half the oxygen we breathe, and fuels the water cycle that produces rain and freshwater. It’s the blue heart of the planet, we should take care of our heart. We are all dependent on the marine ecosystems.
After decades of overuse and pollution, these systems are under treat. One out of three fish stocks is overfished. Hundreds of thousands of marine mammals, seabirds, and sea turtles are captured each year, along with tens of millions of sharks. Half of all coral reefs and mangroves are gone.
Now is the time to change this around and work together to ensure sustainable marine ecosystems.