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Diving in Antarctica: Why We Need Ocean Sanctuaries Now | Greenpeace USA

Greenpeace USA Oceans Campaign Director, John Hocevar, gives an update on our oceans campaign work from Chile, after spending time aboard the Greenpeace ship the Arctic Sunrise in Antarctica.

The science tells us that to avoid the worst effects of climate change and safeguard wildlife, we need to protect at least 30% of our oceans by 2030. Sanctuaries are the best tool we have to protect biodiversity, rebuild depleted populations, and give our oceans a fighting chance to survive the impacts of industrial fishing, plastic pollution, and climate change. The images, data, and stories from our work in Antarctica will jumpstart efforts to build support for sanctuaries.

The 5th United Nations Intergovernmental Conference (IGC5) in August is our best opportunity to make history for the oceans by adopting a strong Global Oceans Treaty. And the United States needs to be a leader to make this a reality. We need Secretary of State Blinken to get on board. It’s imperative to have our top official represent the United States at IGC5 to show the UN that the U.S. means business in adopting a Global Ocean Treaty that protects at least 30% of the high seas by 2030.

Sign our petition:

Tell Secretary Blinken: We demand the Biden Administration be a leader in ocean protection by championing the adoption of a strong Global Oceans Treaty!



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