Plastic litter in the ocean Rich Carey

Ocean emergency

Our ocean is at a tipping point. We are fighting to turn the tide and restore its health.

Our ocean covers over 70% of our planet. It provides more than half the oxygen we breathe and absorbs nearly a third of our carbon emissions.

But today, it’s in crisis. Right now, we’re polluting our waters and destroying precious habitats. We're harming the species that live there. It’s reducing the ocean's ability to help fight the climate crisis.

We’re determined to change this. Together with communities, businesses and governments, we can make a difference.

Our goal is to recover the health of our ocean.

Every year, between 8 and 13 million tonnes of plastic enters our ocean. In fact, some areas of the ocean floor now have 1.9 million plastic pieces per square metre.

A third of our seas are called ‘protected’ – but they’re not; in practice, less than 1% of our seas are well-managed.

Every day, valuable species and habitats that capture and store carbon are being destroyed.

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