SAVE THE OCEAN
Every breath we take depends on healthy oceans
Oceans cover 70 percent of our blue planet, and marine plants produces around 50 percent of the oxygen that we all breathe. But our oceans have become dumping grounds for plastic, industrial waste and other things that don’t belong there, and negatively affecting the marine ecosystems at a furious pace.
The fishing industry’s overfishing drains the oceans of its biodiversity, and alarming numbers of marine species are endangered. Selective fishing, such as shark finning and tuna fishing, unscrupulous targets single species and creates unbalance in the ocean’s ecosystem. And fishing techniques like trawling kills marine life that wasn’t even intended to be caught.
Over 80 percent of the harmful contaminants in the oceans can be traced to human activities on land. Agricultural pesticides and fertilizers, and industrial waste end up in the ocean, resulting in oxygen depletion and acidification that kills marine life.
Over 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans every year – that’s one garbage truck every minute… or 10,000 garbage trucks every week or 43,000 garbage trucks every month – filled with plastic that’s dumped into the ocean. Over half of all sea turtles have mistaken plastic for food, and one million seabirds and hundreds of thousands of marine mammals die every year due to the plastic pollution.
One of the greatest threats to our oceans is global warming, caused by CO2 emissions from use of fossil fuels. Global warming causes ocean temperatures to rise with enormous consequences. The marine ecosystems aren’t equipped for the higher water temperatures, even if only just a tenth of a degree warmer. Oceans also absorb large proportions of atmospheric CO2, causing acidification, which in turn affects living conditions in marine ecosystems negatively.
What you can do…
Reduce your use of single use plastics and never throw plastic or other debris into the ocean. Find out and learn more about the importance of healthy oceans, and what the biggest threats are. Share your knowledge with friends and family – in conversations, on social media – create awareness, encourage change.
Never visit aquariums and amusement parks where dolphins, beluga or killer whales and other marine mammals are kept captive to entertain as tourist attractions.
Join our Blue Bucket campaign and invite your friends to pick up plastic and debris in the ocean and along coast lines and beaches. You can also buy our stylish and durable Save the Ocean Canvas Bag or a Save the Ocean T-shirt in our web shop, to support our ocean campaigns. As a Monthly Donor Blue you can support our work to save the oceans and all the wildlife under the surface, every month.
With us you can Volunteer Travel and get the opportunity to work with marine researchers and experience marine conservation projects around the world.