Even better: this World Oceans Day we have a game-changing opportunity to protect our blue planet from threats like climate change and pollution.
In just one week, Secretary of State John Kerry is hosting an ‘Our Ocean’ global conference with experts and officials to address the ocean crisis. But so far he has ignored the best plan to keep our oceans safe — ocean sanctuaries that can protect marine life from pollution and the fishing industry.
John Kerry has a chance to be a hero for the oceans by supporting sanctuaries for our seas. We know that if enough people speak up, he’ll listen.
Right now, our oceans — and the marine creatures that call them home — are suffering devastating effects from overfishing, increased pollution, and even ocean acidification.
With more than half of our oceans lying beyond the authority of any one country, it will take nothing less than the creation of ocean sanctuaries — large areas where you don’t take anything, break anything or pollute anything — to secure the future we want for ‘Our Ocean’ and ocean life. Without such protection, our oceans remain defenseless.
This is the time! We must take real measures to protect our oceans — starting with the creation of ocean sanctuaries.
If Americans everywhere show their support for ocean protection, while global delegates are listening at the Our Ocean conference, we can ensure John Kerry hears our case for High Seas ocean sanctuaries.
Some of my fondest memories are playing on the rocky shores of the Northern California coast where I grew up. There’s no place I’d rather be than swimming alongside curious fish in the ocean.
I’m sure you also have fond memories of the first time you went to the beach, played in the waves, or watched dolphins leap and swim. Oceans unite and inspire us all.
Will you add your voice to the call for ocean protection today? We need ocean lovers like you to make sure John Kerry hears our call for ocean sanctuaries.
Today, I’m going to celebrate our oceans by fighting for their protection. I hope you’ll join me.
For our oceans,
Greenpeace Senior Oceans Campaigner
P.S. I’ll going to the State Dept. on June 16th to personally deliver the petition and make sure our voices are heard. Please join me, and thousands of ocean lovers, in calling on John Kerry to demonstrate he’s serious about ‘Our Ocean’ by supporting ocean sanctuaries.