Our ocean connects, sustains, and supports us all – It’s health and that of the life within is essential to our immediate survival. The ocean’s plankton alone creating the oxygen for 2 out of every 3 breathes you inhale. Yet the sea’s health is at a tipping point and so is the well-being of all of both marine and terrestrial life that depends on it. To ensure that World Ocean Day doesn’t become a remembrance of what we’ve lost we need to work together to create a new relationship with the ocean that no longer prolongs its diminished survival but instead regenerates its vibrancy and brings it new life.
Fishing nets are designed to kill
Within our work – we encounter daily a forgotten haunting reality that many including the authorities, media and us the public would rather ignore than deal with. Ghost nets. These fishing nets that were left behind by fisherman trying to sustain our growing population, although now long discarded continue to kill and maim marine life. This silent killer in the deep continues to harvest the sea – reducing fisheries and leaving macabre scenes. But it doesn’t stop with the species it was designed to kill – further entangling curious seals, dolphins and even whales.
The ocean is our life source
While with your help through funding our ghost net and marine plastic recovery effort have helped to remove tonnes of these active death traps – our efforts to date are dwarfed by the immense scale of the oceans which cover 70% of the Earths surface and humanities impacts on them. But we shouldn’t let this daunt us – if in only a few generations we can create this problem, we can fix it – and we have too. The ocean is our life source, supporting humanity’s sustenance and that of every other organism on earth. If we don’t save it, we can’t hope to save ourselves.
Regenerating our ocean
This year with World’s Ocean Day – the United Nations is promoting calls from people and organisations with the same experiences and ambitions as us – to go beyond sustaining the ocean in its critical state – to regenerate it. Why? Because its hard to over state how the ocean benefits us and all life, and how the current crisis we as a species have created means without us – now the ocean can’t sustain itself.
Our essential ocean
For example – life in the ocean produces at least 70% of the planet’s oxygen; it is home to over 90% of earth’s biodiversity; is the main source of protein for more than 3 billion people around the world. Yet with 90% of big fish populations are now depleted, and 50% of coral reefs destroyed, we are taking more from the ocean than can be replenished.
Remaining ocean positive
The crisis is serious. Its critical – life threatening on the cataclysmic scale of entire branches of tree of life cut off – being eradicated. But there is real hope. We as a species have never known more about our world & never had so many minds & hands alive to tackle a problem – and we’ve never been doing more. The hope of leaving the ocean alive but thriving for future generations isn’t far away – we just need to act & think about the ocean more than a day a year.
Join Behaviour Change Cornwall in celebrating world oceans day
World Oceans Day reminds everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. They are the lungs of our Planet and a major source of food and medicine and a critical part of the biosphere.