Earth’s oceans are vital for all life on the planet. They are home to thousands of species and are a vital source of food for humans and animals. The oceans are not only the largest ecosystem in the world but also the most important climate regulator on our planet. Oceans help cleanse the air we breathe by absorbing and storing significant amounts of carbon dioxide and provide us with oxygen. However, the overexploitation of marine species and the increasing ocean acidification, eutrophication and plastic pollution caused by fishing, agriculture and other economic activities pose a serious threat.
SDG 14 calls for the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources. This includes reducing marine pollution and the effects of ocean acidification. In addition, overfishing should be outlawed and destructive and illegal fishing practices eliminated. Action is needed to restore the oceans and conserve their resources, protecting marine and coastal ecosystems and strengthening their resilience.
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