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THE OCEAN

THE GREAT PROVIDER

The ocean is a source of food, jobs, and joy for all communities. It’s time to recognize and value the ocean as a Great Provider.

IT PROVIDES SPIRITUAL
AND MENTAL BENEFITS FOR
ALL OF US

The oceans fulfill something different for each individual: human health and well-being tend to be higher in proximity to healthy ocean ecosystems, like those found in fully and highly protected MPAs.

It provides

50%

of the air you breathe

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It provides

16%

of all animal
protein

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IT PROVIDES THE ANIMAL
PROTEIN WE EAT

Overall, the ocean is becoming less habitable for fish and wildlife. Hotter and more acidic oceans are putting biodiversity at risk, with 1/3 of reef forming corals and more than a third of all marine mammals threatened with extinction.

IT STABILIZES THE WORLD’S
CLIMATE & STORES
CARBON

For decades, the world’s ocean has literally been “taking the heat” for climate change, absorbing over 90% of the extra heat and nearly 1/3 of the pollution from greenhouse gas emissions.

It hosts

80%

of life on
the planet

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IT PROVIDES LIVELYHOODS
FOR MANY AMERICANS

Ocean-based tourism and recreation contribute about $124 billion to the U.S. economy each year and employ almost 2.4 million Americans. These industries depend on a healthy ocean, clean beaches, and abundant fish and wildlife.

It absorbs

30%

of the pollution

30% OF THE OCEANS
PROTECTED BY 2030

THE OATH

A healthy ocean is good for our economy, our health, and the well-being of our communities. Climate action is needed to ensure the oceans can continue to be a source of life and livelihood for our planet.

Let’s get on the Ocean's side!

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