Save our Oceans

When seasoned sailor Ivan Macfadyen returned from his last Pacific crossing he raised an ominous alarm:

"I'm used to seeing turtles, dolphins, sharks and big flurries of feeding birds. But this time, for 3000 nautical miles there was nothing alive to be seen.”

This once vibrant expanse of sea was hauntingly quiet, and covered with trash.

Experts are calling it the silent collapse. Although very few of us see it, we are causing it -- overfishing, climate change, acidification, and pollution are devastating our oceans and wiping out entire species. It’s not just the annihilation of millennia of wonder and beauty, it impacts our climate and all life on Earth.

But we have a fleeting window still to act and 2015 could be the year to turn the tide -- the UN is considering an initiative to stop dumping and pillaging in the high seas, and the UK just announced that they will create the largest single marine reserve ever in one of the most pristine areas on earth!

Lack of political will is the only real obstacle to getting more of these agreements moving. But creating massive public pressure to force political will is what our community is best at.

Avaaz has already helped win two of the biggest marine protected areas in the world. If enough of us pitch in now, we’ll ramp up our oceans campaigning to pull this crisis back from the brink, and save our precious oceans from silent collapse.

Ivan’s account of his apocalyptic voyage is a clarion call to action. Let’s get started right away.

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