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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has partnered with cartoonist Jim Toomey – of Sherman’s Lagoon fame – in developing a series of two-minute videos intended to raise awareness of the importance of oceans and the coastal environment.
A lot of our trash ends up in the ocean- even trash discarded far upstream. Marine litter can travel hundreds of miles via rivers and waterways to even the most remote parts of the planet.
Oceans are essential for regulating the earth's climate cycle, yet substantial warming trends in the earth's atmosphere are causing dangerous changes including a rising sea level, increased extreme weather events and polar ice melts.
Sea levels are rising at an increasing rate, threatening coastal communities with floods and storm surges. At the same time, ecosystem health is being weakened, leaving shorelines less able to protect communities from impacts.
An estimated 1.8 million children under the age of five die each year due to water-related diseases. In addition to this ongoing human tragedy, unmanaged wastewater destroys aquatic environments worth trillions of dollars in goods and services.
Dive tourism is increasing at a rate of nearly one million new divers every year. Great news for the dive industry, but what about potential impacts on coral reefs and marine ecosystems?