We can save the oceans — and it’s easier than you might expect.
"How inappropriate to call this planet Earth,” Arthur C. Clarke wrote, “when it is clearly Ocean." Covering 71 percent of the planet’s surface, our oceans are almost indescribably vast — and incredibly important.
They serve as economic engines: hundreds of millions of people rely on seafood for income or nourishment, and about 90 percent of world trade is carried by international shipping. But their ecological importance is even more significant, as our oceans are also home to startling biodiversity, unique habitats, and most of the life on the planet. Protecting the oceans is, therefore, both a monumental and vital task.
But how to protect something that is so large and used in so many varied ways?