Campaign to exercise our right to Petition the UN member states for Good Governance in the High Seas to protect biodiversity
@Wecare2030 and @Sealegacy, through the lense of renown National Geographic photographer Cristina Mittermeir launched this environmental campaign to raise awareness of the sense of urgency to protect marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction.
We need less talk and more action. We must act #NOWORNEVER to ensure a healthy planet for future generations to come. Present generations are the stewards of the planet, responsible to bequeath for future generations on earth which will not one day be irreversibly damaged by human activity.
Every second breath we take we owe to the ocean. Human forces are directly and indirectly reducing the productivity of the oceans' living resources as well. Some of these forces are global, such as illegal and unreported fisheries,
climate change, ocean acidification, and stratospheric ozone depletion
Others are more local or regional, such as
pollution of coastal regions and the high seas from oil spills, plastics, and other pollutants
the loss of breeding grounds for marine organisms through the destruction of coastal wetlands, mangroves and coral reefs, the damming of rivers, and the creation of dead zones from eutrophication account for a major decline in the reproductive rates of many species endangering marine protein and food security for future generations
The Ocean is the lifeblood and lungs of our planet. It covers 75% of the Earth's surface, contains 97% of the Earth's water, and provides more than 50% of the oxygen we breathe. Our Ocean drives global weather patterns, absorbs around 30% of human-produced carbon dioxide, and serves as a critical filter to the ever-worsening impacts of global warming and Climate Change. It is home to nearly 200,000 identified species, although the actual numbers are estimated to lie in the millions. Economists estimate the value of the ecosystem services provided by the ocean to be around $24 trillion per year.
Today, only 3% of our Ocean is under some sort of protection.
At the United Nations, the last chapter of the law of the sea is been discussed by member states. The protection and governance of the high seas discussion has been ongoing for the last decade, without consensus on the implementation for the protection of biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction, discussions are mostly concerned about the interests of a few nations to water down enforcement and governance of the Global Commons and the Common Heritage of Human Kind, including their wishes of digging into deep sea bed mining and exploiting Marine Genetic Resources.
We the People, united as #ONEVOICE reclaim the importance of regenerating, cleaning, remediating and protecting the ocean ecosystem to avoid more further damage and depletion of our Ocean's marine resources and services, without a healthy ocean humanity will not survive.
Join us to petition the UN diplomatic conference deciding the future of the high seas our will to demand strong governance, implementation and accountability of binding regulation for the high seas and inland prejudicial activities, including
creating 50% of the ocean under Marine Protected Areas
track and traceability systems for every fishing vessel
certification of fisheries products
enforcement inland of regulatory measures
taxes to ban plastic production
substitution of plastic for biodegradable raw materials like hemp, bamboo, fish and other fibers
to reduce carbon emissions by 45% by 2030