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Protecting 30% of the Oceans by 2030

Greenpeace exists to help protect the planet. Their work includes: undertaking scientific research, documenting the threats our planet faces, and raising awareness of the need for change. Funding from the Levine Family Foundation is supporting Greenpeace’s work to secure protection for our oceans through the creation of widespread ocean sanctuaries.

Greenpeace’s Protect the Oceans campaign

After decades of industrial fishing, plastic pollution and other human activity, our oceans are on the brink of irreversible damage. Scientists agree that for our oceans to recover enough to enable us to maintain a stable, liveable climate, governments need to create fully protected ocean sanctuaries covering at least 30% of the world’s seas by 2030. After much pressure the United Nations have finally begun negotiations over a new Global Ocean Treaty. If done well, this would provide the legal mechanism for creating sanctuaries around the world. Greenpeace is working to make sure that the UN takes this once-in-a-generation opportunity to protect our oceans, through:

Public education and support

Including a ten month ship expedition in 2019-2020, sailing from the Arctic to the Antarctic, working with scientists, politicians, the media and celebrity ambassadors to raise awareness of the importance of ocean protection to a global audience of millions.

Policy change & research

Contributing to scientific knowledge, through collaborative research projects with world expert scientists that strengthen the case for ocean sanctuaries (recently set out in the research report 30x30: a Blueprint for Ocean Protection), and expose threats including IUU fishing and deep sea mining.

Government lobbying

Focusing on securing positive shifts in national support for ocean protection, through relationship-building, public petitioning and other tactics, aiming to encourage strong advocacy at UN level for a Global Ocean Treaty that paves the way for ocean sanctuaries.

Throughout, Greenpeace will continue to work closely with ally organisations, like the High Seas Alliance and Global Fishing Watch, to ensure political and public asks are aligned and complement each other.

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