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Oceans

We live on Planet Ocean.

Water covers three-quarters of the globe and a staggering 80% of all life on Earth is found hidden beneath its waves. As the sea rolls across the planet it provides over half the oxygen we breathe, sustains billions of people with its resources and drives weather systems and natural flows of energy, which maintain life on Earth.

We need a healthy global ocean to survive. Yet our oceans are in crisis.

Defending oceans

Oceans in crisis

A healthy ocean has diverse ecosystems and robust habitats. But a myriad of human pressures – from overfishing to climate change – are causing ecosystems to collapse, the extinction of many marine species and the destruction of ocean habitats. Our own Pacific Ocean, one of the last relatively healthy ocean ecosystems, is being plundered at an alarming rate. Find out more

Defending our Oceans

Defending our oceans

We need to change the way we fish and the way we protect our oceans. From the high seas to the supermarket shelf, Greenpeace works to replace destructive and illegal fishing practices with sustainable ones. We have a bold vision to end overfishing and establish a global network of marine reserves, which are vital to restore the health of our oceans. Find out more

Whales

Whales

For over thirty years Greenpeace has taken action to protect the gentle giants of the sea. Our work has helped end whaling in nearly every country and revived decimated whale populations. Yet whales are still not safe. Today we’re campaigning to protect whales from the many dangers they face, from ‘scientific’ whaling to climate change. Find out more

Defending our oceans

Take action

You have the power to end the destruction of our oceans. If more people demand sustainable seafood from their retailers, there’s more incentive and pressure for industrial fisheries to provide it. In fact, the tide is already changing. Find out more

 

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Greenpeace activists confront Norwegian government’s Arctic oil drilling site

Press release | 17 August, 2017 at 11:25

Korpfjell, Barents Sea, Norway 17 August 2017: Peaceful activists from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise have entered the exclusion zone of Statoil’s oil rig, Songa Enabler in the Barents Sea with kayaks and inflatable boats, while swimmers are...

Greenpeace urges Minister Upton to ban the bag at Keep NSW Beautiful Congress

Press release | 1 August, 2017 at 12:20

Ahead of Minister Upton’s speech at the Keep NSW Beautiful Congress today, Greenpeace sent a colourful message to the NSW Environment Minister to clean up the state’s act and finally ban the bag.

The cost of NSW and Victoria’s lag on banning the bag - up to two billion more...

Press release | 30 July, 2017 at 12:20

July 28, 2017: New analysis by Greenpeace released today shows that if NSW and Vic continue to fail to ‘ban the bag’, an estimated 1.6 - 2 billion more bags per year will be used in Australia, even with voluntary phase outs by supermarkets.

Politicians left on the wrong side of history as Woolworths and Coles ban single-use...

Press release | 13 July, 2017 at 15:37

July 14, 2017: Greenpeace Australia Pacific welcomes today’s decision by Woolworths and Coles to completely phase out single-use plastic bags over the next 12 months.

Thai Union Commits to More Sustainable, Socially-Responsible Seafood

Press release | 10 July, 2017 at 17:17

BANGKOK, 11 JULY 2017 – Thai Union Group PCL has committed to measures that will tackle illegal fishing and overfishing, as well as improve the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of workers throughout the company’s supply chains.

Australians will see through Government hypocrisy on the Reef following UNESCO decision

Press release | 4 July, 2017 at 23:32

6 July 2017: The Government has again avoided the embarrassment of an ‘in danger’ listing for the Great Barrier Reef following today’s UNESCO World Heritage Committee decision, but Australians will hold them to account for their hypocrisy, says...

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