Defending Our Oceans

All around the world, our oceans are in crisis.

Our appetite for fish is threatening to overwhelm the ocean’s ecology, while the slaughter of whales and industrial fishing methods are destroying endangered species.

The oceans are the source of all life on earth, and every day, they continue to nurture us. They provide half the oxygen we breathe. They regulate our climate and our rainfall. They give us a bounty of seafood; they revitalize us with their beauty and their splendor.

In return, many people treat the ocean as both landfill and bottomless provider. Its creatures are harvested to the point of extinction, and pollution, trash and oil spills are thoughtlessly dumped back.

Over 80% of the earth’s creatures live in the oceans, and we too depend on the oceans for a healthy planet. We need to protect our oceans because without them life on Earth would not – and cannot – exist.

Greenpeace is striving to end illegal and pirate fishing, reduce fishing efforts, and establish marine reserves throughout the Pacific.

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Help end South Korea's whaling before it starts

Blog entry by Jeonghee Han | 2012-11-13

This originally appeared on Greenpeace International, November 5, 2012. Last summer Korea shocked the international community by announcing it would start ‘scientific’ whaling. Surprised by the controversy, our government took a...

China joins naysayers in plan to protect seas around Antarctica

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-11-06

Over the last year we've been part of a group of NGOs called the Antarctic Oceans Alliance, calling   for 3.6 square kilometres of Ross Sea habitats to be protected based on current scientific research.

Guangzhou school student joins Greenpeace to save the Arctic

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-11-01

Last summer one high school student in Guangzhou heard of Greenpeace's call for volunteers to help protect the Arctic. Ashley Chen was so moved by the plight of Arctic Ocean creatures such as the polar bear, that she signed up to...

The Esperanza and fishy friends in East Asia

Image | 2012-10-29 at 9:30

Over the last month Greenpeace ship Esperanza has made its way through South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong in a campaign called 'Save Our Oceans'. The Esperanza was open to the public in Hong Kong for three days, where the tour included an ocean...

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