This Year, Earth Day Is All About the Oceans

TakePart kicks off a weeklong series on our Blue Planet.

Advocating for Marine Mammals (Oceans Month on Pivot)

The Environmental Legacy of Jacques Cousteau (Oceans Month on Pivot)

Scientists Talk Ocean Acidification (Oceans Month on Pivot)

Overview: Ocean's Month on Pivot

Watch Divers Free Sharks and Other Marine Animals Caught in Deadly ‘Ghost Nets’

Abandoned fishing gear is a global problem killing untold numbers of dolphins, whales, and other ocean animals each year.

Watch a Cruise Ship Pollute as Much as 13 Million Cars—in One Day

The industry is growing, and so is the environmental damage to the world's oceans.

Pro Surfers' New Wave: A Sustainable Sport

Big-name competitors are trading in toxic surfboards for an environmentally friendly alternative to protect the oceans and reduce their carbon footprints.

Philippe Cousteau: Empower Youths to Protect the Oceans

The environmental activist and grandson of Jacques Cousteau says a sustainable future depends on investing in the next generation.

Julie Packard: Putting Aquariums on the Front Lines of Ocean Conservation

The executive director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium talks about why it’s important to speak for the seas and marine life.

Dolphin Stampede Captured by Flying Drone

This original TakePart mini-doc shows the aquatic mammals in a way you have never seen.

Sylvia Earle: There’s Still Time to Save the Oceans

The legendary oceanographer talks about why she crisscrosses the globe to protect marine life.

Big Wave Pro Surfer Greg Long Goes Green to Protect the Oceans

The world champion is leading a new wave of professional surfers embracing sustainability in their sport and in their lifestyles.
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    Overview: Ocean's Month on Pivot
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Apr 20, 2015·
Todd Woody is TakePart's editorial director, environment.

As Earth Day approaches, TakePart is taking to the oceans in a weeklong series of stories, videos, and infographics that offer an in-depth look at the daunting challenges facing the planet’s life-support system.

Quite bluntly, the oceans are at a tipping point. Acidification owing to climate change is destroying coral reefs, crucial habitat for marine life on which hundreds of millions of people depend for food and their livelihoods. Enormous trawler ships are wiping out the largest fish, while plastic pollution and abandoned fishing nets are killing dolphins, whales, and other marine life. The booming cruise industry can give people a new appreciation for the oceans but leaves a trail of toxic pollution in its wake. Sea-level rise threatens coastal communities around the world and an entire way of life.

But a grassroots movement is emerging as scientists form alliances with activists, policy makers, and ordinary citizens to tackle these issues.

As the week rolls on, we’ll join a mission to rescue marine animals trapped in “ghost nets,” travel to Hawaii to tell the story of one of the world’s most critically endangered marine mammals, and meet the newest ocean activists—surfers. You’ll hear some of the most prominent scientists and activists tell why they’re fighting to save our Blue Planet—and what you can do to take part.

Read more about the fight to save the world’s oceans in our Blue Planet series.