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08 Jun 2022

Protect 30% of Our Oceans By 2030 - World Oceans Day 2022

Pippy Stephenson

Today is World Oceans Day! A day seeking to promote the UN’s SDG’s with a particular focus on the oceans. World Oceans Day’s current 30x30 campaign aims to protect at least 30% of our oceans by 2030. 90 countries have signed up for the goal so far. According to the World Oceans Day campaign only 17% of land and 8% of oceans are currently protected. The organisers have shared a letter that people can sign to urge their nation's leaders to put in place such protections. Please have a read and get involved.  

Oceans cover three quarters of the Earth’s surface, contain 97 per cent of the Earth’s water, and represent 99 per cent of the living space on the planet by volume.

They nurture 80% of life on our planet

Generate 50% of the oxygen we breathe

Absorb 25% of all CO2 emissions

And yet…

90% of big fish populations have been depleted 

50% of coral reefs have been destroyed

We are taking more from the ocean than can be replenished. 

We need to work together to create a new balance that no longer depletes the ocean but instead restores its vibrancy and brings it new life.*

It is clear we need to change how we treat our oceans. The purpose of World Oceans Day “is to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean, develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean, and mobilise and unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the world's oceans.” 

We must “shift from harming the planet to healing it.” 

Oceans are currently full of plastic, coral bleaching, overfishing and of course, due to human activity, the sea levels are rising. 

But there is hope… according to the Independent, scientists say sea life could be revived within 30 years. “An action plan that includes tackling climate change would bring about a “substantial” recovery, the international team of researchers announced”.  “The focus should be on actively rebuilding depleted wildlife populations and ecosystems, not simply on conserving what remains, and efforts to remove pressure on the oceans must be expanded.”

As with all areas of sustainability, regenerating the oceans will require huge investment. It’s important that funding is directed towards this in order to guarantee a healthy and sustainable future. The returns on these investments will be abundant and long lasting. 

“Extending protection across half of the oceans could cost $10bn-$20bn (£8bn-£16bn) a year, the report finds. But it would deliver far more in returns, through ecotourism, sustainable fishing and reductions in insurance claims from storms if coastal areas are protected by mangroves or saltmarshes.” 

One Ocean,

One Climate,

One Future – Together

We’re just 3 weeks away from Reset Connect London, which aims to transition all businesses and institutions towards net-zero using innovative climate tech, shared best practice and advice from ESG experts. We believe we’ll only be able to create a sustainable world with the cooperation and investment of business, finance and government. 

Come and find projects that protect the oceans through offsetting plans, find out how to tackle your value chain so you are reducing environmental pressure on the seas and climate, ensure you have all the insights, information and financial advice to transform your business to net-zero. 

Book your ticket at www.reset-connect.com/registration 

 

See the UN’s World Oceans Day website for full details 

 

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