30x30 - Ocean sanctuaries on the high seas


© Daniella Zalcman / Greenpeace

Greenpeace exists to protect the planet and promote solutions for a green and peaceful future. Their work includes: undertaking scientific research, documenting evidence, lobbying and raising awareness of the need for change. Funding from the Levine Family Foundation is supporting Greenpeace’s work to secure protection for the global oceans by exposing the threats and enabling 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. Greenpeace is working to make sure that the UN Ocean Treaty process takes this once-in-a-generation opportunity to protect our oceans, through:

Public education and support

Over the past two years Greenpeace has sailed to every ocean showing the world the scale of the crisis facing our blue planet. Working with scientists, politicians, the media and celebrity ambassadors they raise awareness of the importance of ocean protection to people globally. 

© Paul Hilton / Greenpeace

Policy change, investigations & research

Contributing to scientific knowledge, Greenpeace collaborates on land and at sea with world expert scientists that strengthen the case for ocean sanctuaries. They’ve conducted vital climate research in the ice floes of the Arctic. Investigated and exposed destructive fishing vessels and the threat of deep sea mining in the Pacific. And twice voyaged to the last great wilderness on the planet – the Antarctic - to challenge industrial fishing, win industry agreements and secure protection for vulnerable ecosystems

Government lobbying

Focusing on securing positive shifts in national support for ocean protection, through relationship-building, public petitioning and other tactics, Greenpeace works closely with ally organisations, like the High Seas Alliance, to encourage strong advocacy at UN level for a Global Ocean Treaty that paves the way for ocean sanctuaries.

If you would like more information about Greenpeace, please visit their website at https://www.greenpeace.org.uk

© Jason Miczek / Greenpeace
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