23rd February, 2020.
We are a land-dwelling species, but we depend more on our oceans than we can imagine. Oceans cover close to three-quarters of the Earth’s surface, contain 97% of the Earth’s water, and represent 99% of the living space on the planet by volume. Over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihood. Oceans absorb about 40% of the carbon dioxide produced by humans, buffering the impact of global warming. As much as 40% of the world’s oceans are heavily affected by human activities, including pollution, depleted fisheries, and loss of coastal habitats. Across the globe, 21 per cent of all fish species evaluated — were deemed at risk of extinction. The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. Throughout history, oceans and seas have been vital conduits for trade and transportation. The protection of our oceans is our global responsibility and the careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future. Through the course of this creative intervention in collaboration with Global Shapers Community Mumbai, an enabling environment was created to encourage children to significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds.