The ocean plays a critical role in human health and the health of the planet.
- It generates the oxygen we breathe.
- It has absorbed over 90% of global warming.
- It provides sustenance and livelihoods for hundreds of millions of people.
The new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere (IPCC SROC) sets out clear evidence that the ocean is bearing the brunt of the climate crisis.
It shows that our planet’s life support system is crumbling and we must not only act immediately to cut CO2 emissions, we need to dramatically reduce the other major stresses on the ocean.
The scale of the pressure on the ocean is matched only by the opportunities for leadership in restoring the planet’s greatest source of life.
The EU can, and must:
- End overfishing and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Scientists say ending overfishing will not only secure vital fish populations for the future, but constitute a significant climate emergency action. This can start with the EU AGRIFISH Council meeting in October. Tweet
- Put in place a robust High Seas Treaty by the end of 2020. Tweet
- Protect at least thirty percent of the ocean through implemented, highly and fully protected areas by the end of 2030. Tweet
- Protect the deep ocean, through a precautionary pause on deep-sea mining. Tweet
- NGOs write open letter to EU leaders: Protect Our Life Support System – sent to: Ursula von der Leyen, President-elect of the European Commission; Charles Michel, President-elect of the European Council; David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament.
- MEPs: SIGN this letter to President von der Leyen to make the new Green Deal blue
- Report: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere (IPCC SROC)
- Press release: 50 NGOs Call on EU Leaders to Protect Ocean as Climate Action
- Report: Ending Overfishing Is Opportunity to Combat Climate Crisis