SDG 14
Life Below Water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Oceans are fundamentally important to health of humans and the planet. They make up three quarters of the earth’s surface and generate half of the oxygen we breathe. They also provide 97 percent of the world’s liveable habitat and are home to nearly 700,000 species.

Despite this, about 12 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans each year – that’s a truckload of trash every minute!

Canada has the longest coastline in the world at 202,080km, which is home to vibrant but fragile ecosystems. Every year, volunteers remove almost 90,000 kilograms of garbage from Canada’s shoreline in an effort to protect oceans and marine life.

If we work together, we can end and even reverse most of the damage we’ve done to the world’s oceans, and protect this vital part of the planet.

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12 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans each year - about a truckload of trash every minute!