30 Sep '16, 6pm

A Call to Protect the #Ocean!

A little more than a week after President Barack Obama created the world’s largest protected marine area off Hawaii, a majority of governments and NGOs from 190 nations at the World Conservation Congress voted today to protect a third of the world’s oceans by 2030. "If we are to make genuine inroads into safeguarding the oceans, we need to protect upwards of 30 percent of the sea," says marine biologist Callum Roberts of York University. "It is hard to believe we ever thought nature could manage on less." Less than 4 percent of the ocean worldwide is currently protected, compared to about 15 percent of land. “I’d like to protect the entire ocean, but 30 percent is a really good start,” scientist Sylvia Earle says. “The current 10 percent goal is nowhere near enough.” In 2010, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity set a goal to protect 10 percent of the worl...

Full article: http://sierraclub.org/sierra/2016-5-september-october/gre...

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