We all have the ability to affect our oceans, for better or for worse, no matter where we live.
Oceans 101 is an introduction to what you need to know about our oceans, the threats they face, and what you can do to help protect them.
More than 70 percent of the globe is covered by the ocean and half the world's human population lives within minutes of the coastline. Rich with resources and potential, our oceans have long been thought of as both infinite and indestructible. But they are not. Overfishing, climate change, pollution, acidification, dead zones, and more have put the world's ocean and marine life at great risk. Increasingly, we face the real possibility of seas without edible fish; an acidic, plastic-filled ocean in which nothing can survive except jellyfish; rising sea levels and mass extinction of fish and mammals. Yet if we take action now, this grim future can be avoided.
Marine Protected Areas
These underwater national parks preserve fragile ecosystems for us and future generations. Learn how you can support the establishment of new ones.Learn More
Coral reefs, the most bio-diverse regions of our oceans and home to 25% of all marine life, are under threat. Find out what you can do to protect them.Learn More
Due to climate change pollution, our oceans are becoming warmer and more acidic, the polar ice caps are melting and sea levels are rising. You can help stop this.Learn More
One of the most serious threats to our oceans is plastics pollution. Learn more and find out what actions you can take to address the problem of plastics.Learn More
We're catching fish faster than they can reproduce, and are nearly at the point of no-return for many fish populations. Take action now to help preserve fish populations.Learn More