Our Blue Planet
The reason our planet looks blue from space is because so much of it is ocean.
There are so many reasons why we need to keep our oceans healthy. As well as being home to amazing wildlife, our oceans provide food for billions of people and income for millions.
There’s more. The worlds oceans produce over half of global oxygen production, (thanks to phytoplankton, tiny single-celled ocean plants). Not to mention absorbing half of all man-made climate-warming carbon dioxide.
But things are not going swimmingly at sea. Latest figures show a dramatic decline in ocean health. The total amount of vertebrate sea life (including fish) has reduced by more than a third since 1970!
We already know the causes – our seas are overused and under-protected. Although we have solutions, the challenge is getting everyone on board and and agreeing a way forward to address the key challenges affecting our oceans.
We’re working with government decision-makers, industries, communities and consumers to give our seas a healthier future. We’re excited about the potential of a growing ‘blue economy’ – but this needs strong commitment from all those involved in managing and using our oceans. We need to change our oceans status to climate hero not victim. The more we reduce the impact of damaging activities the ocean can continue buffering the global impacts of climate change while we make deep and rapid cuts in fossil fuel emissions to not only save the ocean but the entire planet
Wildlife that live in oceans
From tiny plankton and shrimps to giant squid and blue whales – there’s an abundance of wildlife in our oceans.
How we're helping oceans