Updated: Aug 3, 2020
‘The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever’
The oceans are our lifeline, literally. They provide us with 70% of our oxygen. Without them, both humanity and the industry would cease to exist. The ocean sustains all life on Earth, accounting for 80% of the planets biodiversity. They cover 71% of the Earths surface and contain 97% of the Earths water. Ocean market value is estimated to be at the level at $3 trillion, supporting around 200 million jobs.
Today is World Oceans Day, a day to celebrate and honour the importance of our oceans. This years theme is ‘innovation for a sustainable ocean,’ extremely apt for the yachting industry. Innovation drives the yachting industry and in recent years we have seen the increase demand for sustainable technology and greener innovations.
As an industry united by our oceans and reliant upon the health of them. We need to take responsibility for how we ensure their survival in the future. For years people have assumed that our vast oceans were limitless and immune to human impact but in recent years it has become impossible to ignore the devastating effects we’ve already had on our oceans. From Greta Thunberg’s stark warnings to Extinction Rebellion strikes, global warming has dominated our headline in the last year and for good reason. This year, World Oceans Day is uniting conservation action to grow the global movement, calling on world leaders to protect 30% of our blue planet by 2030, this 30x30 petition is ensuring we safeguard at least 30% of our ocean.
Main threats facing our oceans:
Plastic pollution: the equivalent of one truckload of plastic enters the oceans every minute, damaging ecosystems and entering the food chain.
Overfishing: 90% of the worlds wild fish are either fully or over-exploited due to destructive fishing practices.
Warming: Increasing ocean temperatures are affecting marine species and ecosystems, as well as driving up sea levels. These temperature increases are also resulting in coral bleaching and dead zones.
2020, Innovation for a sustainable ocean:
The fact of the matter is we cannot solve the current problems with the same thinking that created them, this where the need for innovation comes into play. Whilst the yachting industry has a unique connection with the ocean, it is also a niche filled with affluent clientele, a perfect combination when it comes to innovation. Already we have seen owners demanding more sustainable yachts, designer and engineers coming up with alternative solutions, shipyards installing greener technologies through to individual crew members making a difference.
At Seastainable Yachting we are founded on ‘new’, of new ways of thinking, new ways of doing and new actions being taken. We want to be the change we want to see, collaborating for innovation. We want to guide new methods, advise on new processes whilst instilling hope and optimism for a greener blue future.
Create action today:
If you are a yacht crew member reading this, take a look at our Seastaianable crew pledges , download and make your actionable pledge today.
Happy World Oceans Day...Together we can make a difference