Young people and the sea | WWF

Celebrating World Oceans Day 2011

As a child, the ocean – that big blue 71% of the planet – can seem like a long way off. Even on the beach, while collecting shells or building a sand castle, the deep ocean, fathoms below, can seem as far away as a distant planet. But it is there. Right now. And it is full of life. Just thinking about it can ignite a child-like wonder.

The hope is that by encouraging young people to love and respect our oceans, and the incredible biodiversity that resides within them, we can inspire a generation of passionate marine conservationists.

And it is for this next generation that we must protect the oceans and pass onto them a healthy and thriving marine environment that they can conserve.
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"I'm haunted by the thought of what Ray Anderson calls "tomorrow's child," asking why we didn't do something on our watch to save sharks and bluefin tuna and squids and coral reefs and the living ocean while there still was time. Well, now is that time.
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Sylvia Earle, Ocean Researcher

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We need to increase protection of our oceans

Currently around 0.6%, or around 2.2 million km2, of the world’s oceans is protected. WWF is working towards a network of effectively managed, ecologically representative Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) covering at least 10% of the world's seas.

Learn more about WWF's work to protect the world's marine biodiversity.

Know more about how you can help protect our oceans

Video: Sylvia Earle's wish to protect our oceans

Legendary ocean researcher Sylvia Earle shares astonishing images of the ocean - and shocking stats about its rapid decline.
 
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The theme for this World Oceans Day is "Youth: the Next Wave for Change".

Our work in the oceans

Coral Triangle: protecting the global centre of marine biodiversity

Smart Fishing: reforming commercial marine fisheries towards long-term sustainability

East African Coast: working with partners to secure a healthy environment along the coast of East Africa

Become friends with the ocean
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WWF-New Zealand is calling on people to join their campaign for more marine reserves.

The coral reefs where we dive need help. Overfishing, careless tourism and climate change are putting reefs and people’s livelihoods at risk. From the Coral Triangle to the coastlines of Africa and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, WWF is promoting responsible tourism and pushing for protected areas and responsible fishing.
© The coral reefs where we dive need help. Overfishing, careless tourism and climate change are putting reefs and people’s livelihoods at risk. From the Coral Triangle to the coastlines of Africa and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, WWF is promoting responsible tourism and pushing for protected areas and responsible fishing. © Jürgen Freund / WWF