“The sea shapes the character of earth, governs climate and weather, regulates temperature, and comprises much of the biosphere – yet it remains largely unknown. It is not, however, untouched. Everywhere, the changes brought about by humankind are evident.” – Oceanographer, Dr Sylvia Earle
A healthy ocean is critical to life on land for human beings. If the ocean is in danger, so is life as we know it on earth. About 12% of land is protected compared to only 3% of the ocean.
The point of the Hope Spots is to increase the amount the oceans are protected by working together with communities and with local organisations to increase awareness of the importance of the oceans and to protect them by maintaining biodiversity, preserving critical habitat and allowing low-impact activities like ecotourism to thrive.
The most important aspect, we believe, is getting the buy-in and commitment of the communities who live on the coast so that they can become stewards who individually and together ensure our precious ocean and coastline remains healthy and thrives.
The first 6 Hope Spots were launched in South Africa in December and we hope there will be many more.