Oceans are Vital
Oceans cover 70% of the Earth's surface, supporting more biodiversity than anywhere else on the planet. However, the Oceans are not only vital for thousands of aquatic species but also for human life. The economic output of the world's oceans is estimated at more than $2.5 trillion but is shrinking due to overfishing, pollution, and climate change. It can continue to be one of the world's most valuable resources and the economic backbone of countries all over the world if it is protected.
The ocean is also the largest active carbon sink in the world. It is responsible for absorbing roughly 26% of all man-carbon emissions. By taking CO2 out of the atmosphere, the ocean is essential in slowing down but not stopping climate change. New research suggests however that the ocean's ability to continue this rate of absorption is degrading over time. This means we need to take action now or else the impact won't just be felt in the ocean but all over the world.
Founded in 2001 by a group of leading foundations, Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Their mission is to make Oceans as rich, healthy, and abundant as they once were to not only save critically endangered species but to sustainably feed millions of people all over the world.They approach this goal by working with governments and policy experts around the world to enact legislation that protects and conserves our Oceans for future generations. It is a registered 501(c)3 and rated a 4 star organization by charity navigator. If you would like to learn more about their programs please visit their website: http://oceana.org/what-we-do.
- More than 2.5 billion people live within 60 miles of an Ocean.
- 670 million people are threatened by sea level rise.
- In 2014, the ocean economy, which includes six economic sectors that depend on the ocean and Great Lakes, contributed more than $352 billion to the U.S. GDP and supported 3.1 million jobs.
- Only 5% of the Ocean has been explored.