The ocean is the lifeblood of our planet. It generates every second breath we take. But the ocean is in a critical condition.
The UN Ocean Conference in June offers us the opportunity to turn the tide.
The ocean is amazing. It covers almost three quarters of the Earth’s surface and contains 97 per cent of the Earth’s water. Billions of people depend on the ocean for their income and nutrition, not least in developing countries.
The ocean is home to almost 200 000 identified species, though the actual figures may be in the millions. The ocean has long been our best friend in the fight against climate change by absorbing the carbon dioxide and heat that humans have released into the atmosphere.
Every second breath we take is generated by the ocean. Did you know that?
Unfortunately, the ocean is in a critical condition. Overfishing, litter and acidification threaten both the ocean and human life. Human activity is responsible for this state of affairs; it must also be human activity that turns this around.
The UN Ocean Conference is a joint Sweden-Fiji initiative to support efforts to save the ocean and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 14 on oceans, seas and marine resources. Goal 14 is central to the entire UN development agenda and is closely linked to other goals, such as poverty reduction, food security, climate action, sustainable production and consumption, and a secure supply of clean water.
Now that the 2030 Agenda is in place, it must be implemented. The Ocean Conference aims to ensure we move from words to action.
Check out our film and spread the word! It’s time to celebrate – and save – the ocean.