simple actions you can take to support the oceans' challenges, today

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Building back better

By Zana Kristen Wade, Activist, Belize

 

“There once was a little girl who realized there was so much more to the world. She watched the trees, butterflies and birds as if calling to her. One day she looked around and noticed a fire that could not be controlled. Now those trees, butterflies and birds; a fairytale to her.”

I have always believed a sustainable world is one where people can escape poverty and enjoy decent work without harming the earth; where people can stay healthy and get the food and water they need; where everyone can access clean energy that doesn’t contribute to climate change; where women and girls are afforded equal rights and equal opportunities. To be a global citizen; to act with passion and compassion; to help make this world safer and more sustainable today and for future generation is our moral responsibility and my life’s mission.

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Most

of marine litter or debris is plastic, affecting marine organisms through entanglement, ingestion and the rafting of invasive species

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15%

of all sandy beaches and shorelines worldwide, has been retreating with an average trend of 1m or more per year over the past 33 years

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40%

40%

of the oceans are suffering ill effects from human activities, including pollution, depleted fisheries and loss of coastal habitats

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5%

of global GDP, estimated at $3 trillion per year, is the market value of marine and coastal resources and industries

ACT NOW

Marine Pollution

BIG ACTION: 

Reduce marine pollution by opening a recycling business for your local community.

 

SMALL ACTION:

Organize your own beach clean up.

Seaforestation

BIG ACTION: 

Help dive centers promote sustainable dive packages for mangrove and coral planting.

 

SMALL ACTION: 

Create a mangrove or coral planting club to raise funds.

Seafood

BIG ACTION: 

Develop a seafood network or app that encourages restaurants to register their seafood sources.

 

SMALL ACTION: 

Eat sustainable seafood from local fisherfolk.

Zana Kristen Wade
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I am a Sustainable Development Advocate and Certified Conservation Leader in the Caribbean.

My biggest passion is promoting opportunities for youth across Belize and showcasing activism through media.

My main goal is to be a steward for the world by helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

  • Metanoia project
  • Facebook
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Action for the Oceans is a youth leadership storytelling program launching on this year's United Nations World Oceans Day