Burning fossil fuels contributes towards damaging climate change and Arctic sea ice melting. But their extraction through deep sea oil drilling causes immediate and direct threats to marine wildlife and the wider environment.
A truckload of plastic ends up in our ocean - Every. Single. Minute. And the problem is getting worse. Plastic pollution is suffocating and killing marine ecosystems around the world.
Climate change is making our oceans warmer and more acidic. These new conditions are forcing creatures to move further to find food and are driving them to extremes, pushing them towards extinction.
Sea mining companies are plundering the seabed for materials, destroying mysterious deep sea ecosystems that we know less about than the surface of the moon.
DEEP SEA MINING
Monster fishing vessels are plundering our oceans using destructive fishing methods and harming marine wildlife. Overfishing, bycatch and trawling are destroying crucial and irreplaceable habitats.
In 2020 at the UN negotiations, world leaders are coming together to discuss a Global Ocean Treaty, an agreement that would make it possible to protect oceans outside of national borders from human exploitation by making them ocean sanctuaries. But this will only happen if millions of us rise up to protect our blue planet.
Scientists tell us that if we are to avoid the worst effects of climate change and safeguard wildlife, we need to protect at least 30% of our oceans by 2030.
Join us in calling on world leaders to push for a strong Global Ocean Treaty that protects wildlife, ensures food security, and helps avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
Could pay for scientific equipment and satellite communications technology to capture vital footage.
Could help rent a Remote Operated Vehicle to capture vital images of vulnerable deep sea ecosystems.
Could help influence world leaders to agree a strong Global Ocean Treaty at the UN negotiations next year.
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The world has woken up to the scale of the plastic pollution crisis facing our oceans. Millions of tonnes of plastic enter the ocean every year: the equivalent of a truckload of plastic every single minute. Corporations pumping out single-use plastic are happy to let the oceans become the final dumping ground for their throwaway products, where they can choke and entangle animals, and break down into dangerous and edible microplastics over time.
Tiny plastic particles have been found in creatures large and small, from mighty majestic whales and turtles to fish, seabirds and even in sea salt. Plastic is in the deepest parts of the ocean, trapped in polar sea ice and swirling in dense plastic soups in so-called ‘gyres’ in the ocean.
Throwaway plastic is made on land and it’s here that we need to see action from companies to reduce the amount of single-use plastic they are pumping out onto the market. But out at sea we need to create vast ocean sanctuaries, which provide safe havens for wildlife to recover free from human interference.
Oil spills and pollution hurting, choke and kill marine life. There are also ‘hidden’ threats, like seismic blasting which injures and even kills whales and other marine life. This blasting is done as by large oil companies searching for oil beneath the sea floor and is done across the world including the Great Australian Bight across the south coast of Australia.
The Great Australian Bight is a nursing ground for whales where each year where the countless whales rest and raise their calves. Underwater blasting can deafen these animals, or force them to flee the area quickly - causing confusion and disorientation. Unseen side effects are internal injuries, but some animals end up stranding in shallow waters or on beaches.
Seismic blasting has been likened to standing next to an exploding hand grenade. Deafening blasts occur every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day, for months on end.
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