How can we save the oceans?
Three quarters of our planet is covered by 5 oceans that are joined up.
This huge surface area has valuable natural resources, such as fish or oil.
The oceans are vital for humans because they produce half of the oxygen we breathe.
So, how can we take care of them?
Sadly, humans have been taking from the oceans without worrying about the consequences for 50 years.
Overfishing, too many oil wells and the huge number of polluting ships have degraded the oceans.
Not to mention the tons of plastic that are dumped in the ocean every year, putting thousands of species in danger!
That is why ecological associations sounded the alert and countries took measures to help the oceans, by stopping overfishing for example.
Or by reducing the use of plastic to avoid harmful waste.
Also, Marine Protected Areas have been set up to protect wildlife and flora.
Because the good news is that the ocean, if it’s protected, can regenerate itself.
Proof: the protection of humpbacked whales has allowed their population to grow from 100 to 40,000 today.
By continuing such initiatives, scientists estimate that ocean wildlife could be restored in 30 years!