Our oceans are in crisis – here are 5 things we can do to save them | World Economic Forum

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Three billion people rely on seafood as their primary source of protein, according to the Marine Stewardship Council.

About 70% of the air we breathe is produced by marine plants, and 97% of the Earth’s water supply is contained in the oceans.

They are the biggest regulator of the planet’s climate, making it a very comfy place to be for homo sapiens.

© REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
© REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

And yet, the world’s oceans are choking in plastic, are fished to depletion, and warming waters melt ice caps and threaten marine life.

The good news is that the oceans have finally made it into the headlines.

The UN is currently hosting its first ocean conference to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Not since the 1982 passing of the Law of the Sea, have so many heads of state convened to discuss the future of the world’s oceans, including their effects on economic growth, human health, and the achievement of the SDGs.

Individuals, too, can make a difference.

Driving change from the bottom up can often be the fastest way to take action. Here are five ways we can all help secure the future of our seas : …

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