From climate change and plastics, to deep sea mining and overfishing - the threats facing our oceans are growing and becoming more urgent by the day. Now we have a chance to turn things around, by putting the most vulnerable and important parts of our seas off-limits to destructive industries. Governments are starting work on a Global Ocean Treaty. If they get it right, it’ll open the door to a vast network of ocean sanctuaries, which could protect over a third of the world's seas. Our oceans sustain all life on Earth - now they need us to protect them.
At the moment, the vast majority of our oceans are unprotected. In the High Seas, those areas beyond national jurisdiction, just 1% are fully protected. And at home the situation’s not much better. Scientists tell us we need to protect 30% of global oceans by 2030 in order to fight climate change, safeguard fish stocks and allow our oceans to thrive – in all of their wonderful diversity.
Together with leading academics from the University of Oxford and the University of York, we’ve put together a plan for how we do just that – and create a network of sanctuaries across our blue planet.