Most of us have been lulled into seeing our oceans as infinite treasure troves of all manner of bounty. Vast suppliers of sea life, beauty and limitless resources, and home to open expanses on which we navigate for fun and transportation.
But those oceans – deep, wide and rich – are rapidly succumbing to the same woes we’ve been watching unfold on land. Industrialization, pollution, overfishing, and rapidly declining populations of large predatory fish all illustrate the fragility of the oceans we rely on to sustain economies, unite communities, and feed hungry growing populations.
In response, The Pew Charitable Trusts, for whom globotext provides translations, is tackling a wide range of initiatives to increase awareness of the threats facing our oceans and create protected areas in sensitive places around the globe. They recently commemorated World Oceans Day by highlighting some of the most vulnerable, exquisite ocean environments around the world in a magnificent photo and text essay.
Oceans, which represent 72 percent of our Earth’s surface, are absolutely critical to sustaining life as we know it. Yet today, less than one percent of our oceans are protected as compared to 15 percent of land masses.
The Pew Global Ocean Legacy and their partners, aim to create protected marine reserves in some of the world’s most spectacular and fragile areas. The efforts seek to shield marine environments from industrial fishing and other extractive activities that threaten to destroy their natural beauty and resources. A fuller description of the initiative is presented here.
By engaging a wide range of like-minded collaborators to make this effort a reality, Pew is bringing together concerned citizens, governments, scientists, and diverse partners, including the Sandler Family Supporting Foundation, the Oak Foundation, and the Robertson Foundation.
The Global Ocean Legacy joins ranks with Pew’s vast efforts to study and protect Antarctic krill, herring, and overfished New England and southeast US marine environments – along with promoting unified fisheries policy reform in the European Union, a Federal Fisheries policy reform in the US, and a global campaign to end illegal and unsustainable fishing.
Also on the agenda: shark and tuna conservation, protecting Artic life, helping refine and disseminate a US National Oceans Policy, mounting a Pacific FishConservation Campaign, and countless other efforts to help us better understand and protect our planet’s oceans.
To learn more about Pew’s impressive efforts, visit their Marine Conservation Campaign pages. The trip is well worth your time and attention. And your support.