The problem

Despite global public pressure, governments failed to create an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary at the Antarctic Ocean Commission summit in late 2018. Because new protected areas in the Antarctic have to be approved by every country in the Commission, the Russian, Chinese and Norwegian governments were able to block the sanctuary, despite all other member countries being in favour.

In 2019, despite Norway coming out in support of more sanctuaries, progress again stalled. It is clear that the Antarctic Ocean Commission is becoming part of the problem. This kind of regional body, dominated by vested interests, is a clear example of our fragmented and broken approach to managing our oceans. Our planet deserves better than this.

The solution

We’ll keep working to get more Antarctic Ocean Sanctuaries. But to truly start healing our blue planet, we need to think even bigger. That means changing how the system works, so individual countries can’t stop the rest of the world from protecting our oceans. And now we have a chance to do exactly that. Governments are negotiating a new Global Ocean Treaty at the UN, where it’s much harder for individual countries to block progress. If it’s approved it’ll open the door to create huge new protected areas covering at least a THIRD of the world’s oceans.

What you can do

Millions of people are calling on the world’s governments to create a strong Global Ocean Treaty. Will you join them?
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