The oceans not only sustain marine life, but our own–connecting us all across the world, providing sustenance, transport, economies, livelihoods. Meanwhile, illegal fishing threatens species, sustenance, and economies worldwide; pollution in the form of chemical run-off, spills, plastics, and more damages and destroys marine life and enters our food chain; and climate change is killing our coral reefs, flooding human and animal habitats, and feeding a disastrous feedback loop of rising world temperatures.
The United Nations has agreed on global goals to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. Of these 17 Sustainable Development Goals, number 14 is to: conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
The World Ocean Festival gives the public the opportunity to speak up about the Ocean and show the United Nations and leaders all over the world how important it is to #saveourocean. Following the World Ocean Festival, complete these actions to continue the fight to #saveourocean:
- Make a voluntary commitment with the United Nations
- Pledge stop sucking with Lonely Whale
- Be smarter about your seafood with Oceanic Global Foundation's #ourchoicesmatter and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program
- Put together a beach cleanup with Terracycle
- Play 'The Big Catch' to help remove plastic from the Ocean with WATO