No matter where you live, oceans are essential to all life on earth.
In addition to our responsibility to protect and preserve the animals, plants and birds that make the sea their home, there’s a lot more going on because of the oceans than many of us might realize.
Everyone, everywhere depends on a healthy ocean.
The reality is, the ocean is sustaining all of us at this very moment. Covering more than 70 percent of world's surface, it is the largest ecosystem on earth. It is essentially the planet's life support system, regulating the air we breathe, the climate we live in, the food we eat and so much more. As the renowned marine biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle said, "There is no green without blue."
Did you know?
Oceans generate more than half the oxygen we all breathe
Oceans regulate our climate and absorb carbon dioxide - reducing the impact of climate change
At any given moment, up to 97% of the world’s water resides in the oceans
The ocean is the primary source of protein for more than 1 billion people around the world
Oceans offer one of the most promising sources of new medicines to combat many diseases
The oceans provide a livelihood, recreation, beauty and wonder to billions around the world.
Whether you live on the coast or far from it, whether you eat seafood or not, all of our lives depend on healthy oceans.
Find out more on how you can help protect and restore the oceans with some easy, everyday ways
If you can spare 4 minutes, 50 seconds to watch this video, we promise - it's worth it.