• GOAL 14: LIFE BELOW WATER

    The world’s oceans comprise 71 percent of the Earth's surface and 97 percent of its water supply. Their temperature, chemistry, life and currents make the Earth inhabitable for mankind. The oceans impact everything from the oxygen in the air we breathe to the food we eat and the water we drink, as well as aiding in the transportation of our valuable commodities and food sources.

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Life Below Water

A Precious Resource

LIFE FROM THE WATERS


“The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future.”

– United Nations

The following facts can be found on the official website of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

It's time to face them.

These Are The Facts


3/4 of the earth's surface


Oceans cover three-quarters of the Earth’s surface, contain 97 percent of the Earth’s water, and represent 99 percent of the living space on the planet by volume.

Marine biodiversity


Over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods.

30% of CO2


Oceans absorb about 30 percent of carbon dioxide produced by humans, buffering the impacts of global warming.

Ocean protein


Oceans serve as the world’s largest source of protein, with more than 3 billion people depending on the oceans as their primary source of protein.

THE SOLUTION?

LET'S PROTECT OUR WATERS.

By 2020

This Sustainable Development Goal strives to prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution. By 2020, it strives to sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans, as well as minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels.

Stop Wishing. Start Doing.

Here's How To Help


BE A RIPPLE

JOIN THE MOVEMENT.

There are many ways to get involved to protect life below water. By committing to do your part, you take the first step in making a world of difference.

We're in this together.

SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Convention on Biological Diversity
UNEP
UN Oceans
UNESCO
UNDP
International Maritime Organization

Photography Credits by Order on Page:

Fishing off Atauro Island, Timor-Leste – UN Photo by Martine Perret

Woman Collecting Fish at Sunset – UN Photo by Martine Perret

Tanzania – UN Photo by Milton Grant