Ocean Conservation

The ocean plays an essential role in regulating the Earth's climate - it stores carbon, generates oxygen, houses marine species and is a source of food and income for billions of people. Yet pollution, global warming and overfishing have wreaked havoc on marine ecosystems.

There are now 5.25 trillion macro and micro pieces of plastic in our oceans and another 8 million are released every day, killing 100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million seabirds every year. Some estimates predict that more than 90% of the ocean's top predators were wiped out in the last 55 years.

Rising CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels have initiated a process of acidification, bleaching and killing almost 30% of coral reefs worldwide and threatening 25% of all marine species who rely on coral reefs as their habitat. The availability of fish has already started declining as a result of these processes, with climate-induced losses reaching highs of 35% in the North Sea.

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2 Charities

Tythe supports these ocean conservation charities, selected by experts because of their high impact.

Blue marine

Blue Marine Foundation

·Global
bluemarinefoundation.com

Bold, innovative and on a mission, Blue Marine Foundation plays a monumental role in ocean conservation.

A terrifying combination of climate change, pollution and overfishing are having catastrophic consequences for marine life and the ocean's ability to capture carbon. But Blue Marine Foundation are adamant - this problem is solvable.

The organisation is unique because it comes at the issue from all angles. By working top-down with governments, they're able to improve the governance of our seas and secure marine protected areas. And by working bottom-up with fisher communities, they've been able to develop and implement models for sustainable fishing practices.

Why we think they're great

These folks are unrelenting and that's how they get things done. By fronting legal challenges, through worldwide education initiatives and through ground-breaking research projects, they're restoring our ocean to health.

To date, they've set up 21 project locations around the world and have secured commitments to protect over 4 million square kilometres of ocean. Next up on their to-do list? To see at least 30% of the world's ocean under effective protection by 2030 and the other 70% managed in a responsible way.

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Surfers Against Sewage

·UK
sas.org.uk

SAS started as a group of outraged surfers and swimmers campaigning to protect our oceans from sewage pollution. But over the years it's grown into a nationwide movement of eco-activists working to clean up our oceans and rivers.

By pushing for better environmental legislation and by putting pressure on politicians, SAS has drastically improved the quality of UK waters - 99% of designated bathing waters around the UK are now classified as "sufficiently hygienic", up from 27% in 1990.

Furthermore, the charity is dedicated to empowering local communities to take action. Through organised beach and river cleans, and by encouraging people to demand change from local politicians, they're making a difference on a much larger scale. There are now over 700 communities across the country that are working towards becoming plastic-free.

Why we think they're great

Although this charity has evolved significantly since its inception in the 90s, its passion, character and optimism are all still there. These are real people making a real difference and that's inspiring.

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