Almost half our planet is a vast blue wilderness outside of the boundaries of flags, languages and national divisions. It’s bigger than every continent combined and it belongs to us all. It’s our collective responsibility to protect our oceans, not only for the wildlife that lives there, but because the health of our oceans sustains our planet and the livelihoods of billions of people.
Right now we have an opportunity to make history. This month, the Antarctic Ocean Commission (an international body which includes the UK Government), will meet to decide whether to create the largest protected area on Earth: an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary. This sanctuary would be five times the size of Germany. An Antarctic Sanctuary would create a safe haven for penguins, whales, seals and other incredible wildlife, making these waters off-limits to the industrial fishing vessels sucking up the tiny shrimp-like krill, on which Antarctic life relies. Healthy oceans can also help us to tackle the worst effects of climate change by soaking up carbon dioxide, so the benefits of ocean sanctuaries are truly global. But it will only happen if we rise up together to demand that our leaders fulfil the obligation we all have to protect our shared oceans. Join us to demand an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary.
Come and join us on Saturday October 20th. We'll dress as penguins (I have the masks!) and we'll walk about Huddersfield, visiting various landmarks. This and it's associated social media should generate a lot of attention for the campaign.
DRESS IN BLACK :) Think Penguin.
Meet at Coffeevolution at 11am.