Oceans are essential to human life — these are the reasons why and what we risk by not protecting our waters.
WORLD OCEAN DAY is around the corner. And in recognition of this important date, we are shedding light on the ways humans and oceans are inextricably intertwined — perhaps more than we know.
Over 2.4 billion people (one-third of humans) live within 100 km of oceanic coast, and 600 million are reliant on oceans for work. Our oceans supply global trade routes (90% of all goods are transported by oceans) and account for a large percentage of the world food supply, with over 3 billion people dependent on seafood as a food source. Additionally, our interest in the sea for recreation and leisure, accounts for a multi-billion dollar ocean tourism industry.