Every breath we take depend on healthy oceans

Save the Ocean

Oceans cover 70 percent of our blue planet, and marine plants produces around 50 percent of the oxygen that we all breathe. But our oceans have become dumping grounds for plastic, industrial waste and other things that don’t belong there, and negatively affecting the marine ecosystems at a furious pace.

The fishing industry’s overfishing drains the oceans of its biodiversity, and alarming numbers of marine species are endangered. Selective fishing, such as shark finning and tuna fishing, unscrupulous targets single species and creates unbalance in the ocean’s ecosystem. And fishing techniques like trawling kills marine life that wasn’t even intended to be caught.

Over 80 percent of the harmful contaminants in oceans can be traced to human activities on land. Agricultural pesticides and fertilizers, and industrial waste end up in the ocean, resulting in oxygen depletion and acidification that kills marine life.

Over 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans every year – that’s one garbage truck every minute… or 10,000 garbage trucks every week or 43,000 garbage trucks every month – filled with plastic that’s dumped into the ocean. Over half of all sea turtles have mistaken plastic for food, and one million seabirds and hundreds of thousands of marine mammals die every year due to the plastic pollution.

One of the greatest threats to our oceans is global warming, caused by CO2 emissions from use of fossil fuels. Global warming causes ocean temperatures to rise with enormous consequences. The marine ecosystems aren’t equipped for the higher water temperatures, even if only just a tenth of a degree warmer. Oceans also absorb large proportions of atmospheric CO2, causing acidification, which in turn affects living conditions in marine ecosystems negatively.

What we do

On World Ocean Day 2019, The Perfect World Foundation launched their campaign The Blue Bucket. A project with aim to spread awareness and create a global commitment to clean up our oceans by encouraging everyone to pick up plastic, and all sorts of other debris, from the ocean and shorelines. The goal is to inspire all boat owners, and everyone who spends time by the ocean, to get our Blue Bucket, start picking up trash, and form the world’s biggest movement of ‘Ocean Cleaners’. 

One of the biggest threats to our oceans is global warming, which is caused by carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, and are an extremely effective way to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide, and fight global warming, one of many reasons why the organization started its big tree planting project The Attenborough Forest in 2018.

The Perfect World Foundation organized the fundraising gala ‘Save The Ocean’ in 2017, focusing on our ocean’s vulnerable situation. During the award ceremony banquet the world-renowned marine biologist and oceanographer Dr Sylvia Earle received the organization’s honorary award The Perfect World Award for her lifelong and progressive work to preserve our planet’s ocean.

In 2017 and 2018, The Perfect World Foundation arranged Polar Expeditions to Svalbard, with the aim of gaining insight and spreading knowledge about the research in the Arctic region. 

We also supports Indonesian manta rays conservation projects.

What you can do

Find out and learn as much as you can about the importance of healthy oceans, and what the biggest threats are. Share your knowledge with friends and family - in conversation, on social media - create awareness, encourage action. Don’t visit aquariums and marine parks where dolphins, belugas, orcas and other marine mammals are confined and kept to perform as tourist attractions. Never throw plastic or other debris in the ocean.

Join our The Blue Bucket campaign and invite your friends to pick up plastic and garbage in the ocean and along beaches. Buy our stylish and durable Save the Ocean canvas bag in our webshop, to support our ocean campaigns. With us you can also Volunteer Travel and get the chance to work with marine scientists and experience marine conservation projects around the world. Donations and sponsoring partnerships are crucial for us to continue our efforts to save our oceans and wildlife below the surface.

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