Turning the tide on ocean degradation
Momentum is building up to conserve the vital global commons of the seas, halting its decline into a vast saltwater desert
By Yolanda Kakabadse, president, WWF International
Underneath its vast blue surface, the ocean’s value – to our planet and people alike – is almost incalculable. It puts food on the table and underpins trillions of dollars of economic activity worldwide. It produces 50 % of our oxygen, absorbs heat and re-distributes it around the world, and regulates the world’s weather systems. Quite simply, life could not exist without these enormous marine resources and the goods and services they provide, seemingly endlessly.