We can thank the oceans for providing half of the oxygen we breathe, giving us a fifth of the animal protein we eat and absorbing about a third of human-created CO2 emissions. Oceans are also a highly promising source of new medicines. But, strangely, we, humans, continue to carelessly destroy precious marine ecosystems, home to millions of species from the tiniest plankton to enormous blue whales.
Without healthy oceans, our prosperity – our very survival – will be threatened. Currently only about 8% of our oceans are protected with barely 3% strongly protected in reserves, where no one is allowed to extract fish, oil or other natural resources. This is not enough to avert disaster!
Marine scientists recommend strong protection of at least 30% of our oceans to save marine life from extinction. Through the implementation of Marine Conservation Institute's largest initiative, Blue Parks, they plan to avert extinction of marine life in the face of unprecedented climate change and human impact.
Together, the Navis community can come together to make an impact. All donations made during the Navis Connect 2021 virtual conference will be matched by Navis up to a total of $5,000 match.