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How To Save Our Oceans

Out of sight, out of mind. This is the only explanation for how we, as a collective, have let our oceans reach such a disastrous point, on the verge of collapse. This is not to be taken lightly: the ocean is home to up to 80% of all life on earth, produces 50-80% of the oxygen on earth and absorbs four times the amount of CO2 as the Amazon Rainforest. 

If we want to continue living life as we know it, it is time to come together and take action on one of the most urgent and neglected issue of our time.

 

So, what’s going on with our oceans? 

Well, Seaspiracy did a brilliant job at exposing the biggest threat to marine life & its ecosystems: fishing.

Here’s a few of the many facts they bright to light:

  • Fishing has wiped out 90% of the world’s large fish. 
  • 300,000 dolphins, whales & purposes are killed by fishing operations per year. 
  • Fishing kills 30,000 sharks every hour. 
  • Longline boats set enough fishing line in one day to wrap the earth 500 times.
  • 70% of macro plastic at sea comes from fishing gear.
  • Plastic straws only comprise 0.03% of plastic entering the ocean.
  • Bottom trawling releases as much carbon as air travel.
  • 24,00 fisheries workers die on the job per year. 
  • 35 billion USD $ in subsidies is given to the fishing industry every year. 
  • Foreign fishing in West Africa contributed to the Ebola epidemic.
  • Widespread force labor in the seafood trade is reported in 47 countries.

Let’s get practical. How can I make a difference?

1. Shift to a plant-based diet.

  • “Curbing climate change, safeguarding our oceans, and protecting endangered species may be as simple as changing our diet. Animal agriculture and commercial fisheries are the primary drivers of marginalized and dwindling wildlife populations. The environmental impact of our dietary dependence on meat, milk and eggs is profound. Reducing our meat consumption will lead to lower greenhouse gas emissions, reduce deforestation, and conserve scarce water resources. Forests and oceans are the planet’s own natural defense systems against climate change. Keeping them healthy and intact is up to each of us.” - Oceanic Preservation Society

  • Animal agriculture is not a confined system—it exploits natural resources and creates pollution and waste that interfere with the natural processes of our planet. By not eating animals, you'll not only spare lives directly, but also not support an industry that encroaches upon habitats of other animals.

  • Not only will you be contributing to protecting our planet & reducing your carbon footprint, your health will also thank you. Evidence shows that eating more nutrient-dense plant foods may be the most optimal diet for health and longevity. 

  • Plant-based diet intervention groups have reported greater diet satisfaction than control groups, as well as improved digestion, increased energy, and better sleep, and significant improvement in their physical functioning, general health, vitality, and mental health. Studies have shown plant-based eating can improve not only body weight, blood sugar levels, and ability to control cholesterol, but also emotional states, including depression, anxiety, fatigue, sense of well-being, and daily functioning.”  - Nutritionfacts.org

 

2. Enforce no-catch marine reserves protecting 30% of our oceans by 2030.

  • Although the Ocean covers 70% of the Earth’s surface it is still woefully under protected, with only 2% strongly protected from destructive or extractive activities. The science is telling us we need to do much more to ensure a healthy Ocean for future generations.

  • Strong protection of at least 30% of the Ocean is needed by 2030 (30×30) to build the resilience of ocean life to adapt to climate change and buffer it from other threats like overfishing. We all need to work together to supercharge ocean protection and make 30×30 a reality through action on the water, on the streets and in the corridors of power.

 

What would strong protection of 30% of the Ocean by 2030 achieve?

  • Healthier ecosystems and species that are more resilient and better able to withstand and recover from the impacts of climate change.

  • Climate change mitigation through protection of coastal habitats like mangroves, seagrass beds and salt marshes that are vital for the sequestering and storing carbon.

  • Reduction of ocean risk from extreme weather events, like storm surges, through protection of coastal natural defense systems, like reefs and mangroves.

  • Livelihoods and food for all.

  • More and bigger fish and greater species diversity.

  • Safe havens for threatened species like whales, sharks, rays and turtles.

  • High financial returns –estimated economic benefit of protecting 30% of the ocean is between US$490 to $920 billion by 2050, and would create 150,000 to 180,000 full-time jobs. 

 

3. End fishing subsidies (currently $35 billion per year).

  • Nearly 90% of global marine fish stocks are fully exploited, over exploited, or depleted, and harmful fisheries subsidies are a big part of the problem. Right now, we have a chance for change—the WTO is working hard to negotiate an agreement to bring these subsidies to an end. 

  • World Trade Organization (WTO) members have been negotiating new rules to tackle harmful fisheries subsidies for many years. Although the last round of negotiations in 2020 did not result in a deal, to the disappointment of supporters across the globe, negotiators are closer to agreeing on a final text than ever before. We need your help to keep the pressure up—let’s make sure that the WTO continues to prioritize this critical issue in 2021 to reel in the deal this year.

  • Click here to join the campaign & stay informed on how you can help.


4. Opt for Ocean and Earth-Friendly Companies

When you purchase a product from Suntouched, you’re directly contributing to saving our oceans. We will be donating 5% of all net profits to Seaspiracy to help bring changes forward.


Their approach to change is via further investigative and educational content to share across social media to bring this message in front of as many people as possible. They are also about to launch a worldwide campaign to pressure world leaders to save our oceans and bring it to the forefront of environmental and political action. Being a small team of three ensures that they give back every penny into spreading this vital message, ensuring we turn the tide and save our oceans before it's too late.

We must come together to create this change, and we can't do it alone. Click here to shop our Suntouched Hair Lightener & support Seaspiracy in their mission to bring positive change on a large scale.

 

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