10 Ways to Help Reverse the Decline of the Ocean
By: Chabelis Leal- June 6th, 2022
The Ocean is the planet’s largest ecosystem, regulating the climate, and providing livelihoods for billions. Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea.
Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future. However, at the current time, there is a continuous deterioration of coastal waters due to pollution, and ocean acidification is having an adversarial effect on the functioning of ecosystems and biodiversity. This is also negatively impacting small scale fisheries.
Saving our ocean must remain a priority. Marine biodiversity is critical to the health of people and our planet. Marine protected areas need to be effectively managed and well-resourced and regulations need to be put in place to reduce overfishing, marine pollution and ocean acidification.
The second UN Ocean Conference will take place in Lisbon from June 27th- July 1st. The conference will be an important opportunity to redress the damage that mankind continues to inflict on marine life and livelihoods.
To help bring the conversations out of the policy sphere and into the public discourse, the SDG Media Zone, organized by the UN Department of Global Communications and the PVBLIC Foundation, will be in person at the UN Ocean Conference this month. The SDG Media Zone will bring together UN Member States, content creators, advocates, and media partners to highlight actions and solutions in support of the Sustainable Development Goals, emphasizing SDG 14: Life Below Water.
"Through a live format of interviews and panel discussions, the SDG Media Zone will amplify the global voices that are addressing scaling up ocean action based on science and innovation for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: stocktaking, partnerships and solutions. This comes at a critical time for our global societies to mobilize expertise and resources towards a sustainable and inclusive COVID-19 recovery for people and planet." -Kerry Bannigan, President, Board of Directors, PVBLIC Foundation
For everyone who is not able to travel to Lisbon and physically participate in these discussions you can join the conversation during the UN Ocean Conference by following the SDG Media Zone on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and using the hashtag #SDGLive.
There are also many ways that we can all take action to help reverse the decline of the Ocean. Every human on earth can be part of the solution.
Here are ten things you can do to save our Oceans:
By doing a few or all of these things you are part of the solution and helping to rectify some of the damages mankind has caused on our Ocean and marine life.
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