Our ocean is our future [fr]
Did you know?
- cover three quarters of the Earth’s surface
- contain 97% of the Earth’s water
- represent 99% of the living space on the planet by volume
- contain nearly 200,000 identified species, but actual numbers may lie in the millions
- absorb about 30% of carbon dioxide produced by humans, buffering the impacts of global warming.
- Over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods
With their temperature, chemistry, currents and life, the oceans drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. As the lungs of our planet and its largest carbon sink, they also play a vital role in regulating the global climate.
Today, however, our oceans are in danger:
- sea levels are rising due to climate change, threatening lives and livelihoods in low-lying nations and coastal cities ;
- oceans are becoming more acidic, putting marine biodiversity and essential food chains in jeopardy ;
- plastic pollution is everywhere.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a sharp reminder of how we are all intimately connected to each other and to nature. As the world fights against the pandemic, it is essentiel to build back better and correct our relationship with the natural world, including the world’s seas and oceans.
Faced with many challenges, the oceans require new solutions.
This year’s theme for World Oceans Day is "Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean".
This will be an opportunity to shed light on innovations from around the globe to better protect our oceans. Discover them here -> https://unworldoceansday.org/fr