Oceans cover 70 per cent of the planet and provide food, energy, water and millions of jobs. The ocean absorbs around one quarter of the world’s annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, thereby mitigating climate change and alleviating its impacts.
Yet, human activity is endangering the ocean – the planet’s largest ecosystem – and affecting the livelihoods of billions of people.
- Continuing ocean acidification and rising ocean temperatures are threatening marine species and negatively affecting marine ecosystem services. Between 2009 and 2018, the world lost about 14 percent of coral reefs.
- In 2021, more than 17 million metric tons of plastic entered the world’s ocean, making up 85 percent of marine litter. The volume of plastic pollution entering the ocean each year is expected to double or triple by 2040.
- The global coverage of marine protected areas stood at 8 percent of global coastal waters and oceans in 2021.
- More than a third (35.4 per cent) of global fish stocks were overfished in 2019, up from 34.2 per cent in 2017 and 10 percent in 1974. However, the rate of decline has recently slowed.
- Almost half a billion people depend at least partially on small-scale fisheries, which account for 90 percent of employment in fisheries worldwide.
- Australia has the third largest marine jurisdiction on earth at 13.6m square kilometres
- Australia has 60,000km of coastline with 85% of the population living within 50km of the ocean
- By 2025 Australia’s marine industries will contribute over $100bn p.a. to the economy, growing at 7.5% p.a.
Ocean Youth believe that the power for change sits with our young people…it is our responsibility to support and build capacity of our next generation of Changemakers who want their voices and ideas heard and their exciting solutions developed and executed. We are given hope by the exciting young people that we meet every day… who want the opportunity to be this change.
There are two ways you can support this action.
1. You are a young person who wants your voice to be heard and would like to become part of a growing world wide network of Ocean Youth Ambassadors. Maybe you want to start an Ocean Health project in your community, and want to learn more about how to do this? Or maybe you have a great idea…. or you just want to feel part of a bigger community of like minded people. Be a force for change… join the Ocean Youth Ambassadors.
2. You understand that healthy oceans and waterways are essential to human existence and life on Earth, and believe that young people all around the world are the Changemakers for our future.
By supporting Ocean Youth you will directly contribute to opportunities for mentoring, skills development, grants, collaboration and ocean literacy education, storytelling and advocacy through a number of Ocean Youth global programs.
- Waves of Change
- Ocean Youth Global Ambassadors
- Ocean Future Fund