From September 1st to 10th, the global congress on nature takes place in Hawaii. This major event happens every four years and reunites over 8300 government officials and representatives as well as numerous decision-makers from associations, autochthones and scholars from 184 countries.
The purpose of this event is to reunite a maximum of decision-makers in the world to make efficient decisions to preserve nature.
This year, the main theme is small islands state that may disappear due to rising sea levels caused by global warming. However, other important matters will be treated such as wildlife trafficking and especially ivory trade, other such as lumbering.
World leaders: protect 30% of our oceans!
For this occasion, Avaaz started a petition in order to encourage the decision-makers to finally take all necessary measures to protect 30% of oceans unanimously recommended by scientists since 2014. These 30% would allow the regeneration of void zones. Currently, only 2% of oceans are protected marine reserves.
Oceans are key elements to both the planet and humankind balance. They cover the three quarters of Earth and hold 97% of the water on the planet. Because of their immensity, we thought their resources were unlimited. Unfortunately, reality gives us a wake-up call. Overfishing, pollution and global warming are exhausting our oceans leading to the appearance of completely lifeless zones. Studies from the United Nations estimate that 60% of major marine ecosystems were degraded or unsustainably used.
And yet the role of oceans is essential: true container of water and heat, they produce over half of oxygen on Earth, they absorb most of the carbon and have the biggest number of animal and vegetal species.
A vote will be open during this congress to decide on the establishment of the protection of 30% of our oceans before 2030. Unfortunately, fishing lobbies from very ocean-dependent countries such as Japan are blocking this decision.
That is why, it is our duty to mobilize and to make our voices heard
Citizen mobilizations have paid off these last few months. In fact, the latest proof is the extension of the marine reserve of Papahanaumokuakea by President Barack Obama. The Avaaz petition has largely contributed to the success of this project.
Let’s mobilize once again for the protection of oceans and show decision-makers that oceans can be a global cause.
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