What if a healthy ocean were our best ally against climate change?
The latest findings of the IPCC confirm we are in code red for humanity: the international community is failing to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), the ocean and its ecosystems are in distress, and the most vulnerable communities around the world are already facing existential threats from climate change.
Although the current outlook is bleak, the most important meeting on climate since the Paris Agreement, COP26 took place 31st of October – 12th of November 2021. This COP was going to be a real game-changer for global political ambition to finally match the urgency of the situation.
In this challenge, a healthy and productive ocean is a vital asset to achieve a resilient, nature-positive, and net-zero future. This is the stance taken by the High-Level Climate Champions and the ocean community in signing the Ocean for Climate Declaration: a call to governments and non-state actors to scale up ocean-based climate solutions and action.
Together with several other businesses, organizations, and state nations, the Grieg Group signed the declaration in 2021.
Signatories to the Declaration: Marrakech Partnership Global Climate Action Agenda on Ocean & Coastal Zones, Ocean & Climate Platform; A.P. Moller – Maersk, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Antartica2020, APDL – Administração dos Portos do Douro, Leixões e Viana do Castelo SA, Aquarium Tropical, Association Française d’Halieutique, Campus mondial de la mer, CLIMAZUL E.E., Conservation International, Coral Guardian, DNV, ECHT, Esprit de Velox, Ethic Ocean, Europe Jacques Delors, European University of the Seas (SEA-EU), Expédition MED, Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco, Fondation Tara Océan, Friends of Ocean Action, Géo Avocats, Global Ocean Forum, Global Ocean Trust, Global Wind Energy Council, Grieg Group, Hilton Food Group plc, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Institut Marin du Seaquarium, Institut Océanographique Paul Ricard, Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer, Interdisciplinary Graduate School for the blue planet, International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Knoll Printing and Packaging Inc., Lloyd’s Register, Lloyd’s Register Foundation, Maersk Supply Service, Mainstream Renewable Power, Marine Conservation Society, National Geographic Society, Nausicaa, Neographic Digital, Ocean As Common, Ocean Conservancy, Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance, Ocean Unite, Ocean University Initiative, Oceano Azul Foundation, Océanopolis, Office Français de la Biodiversité, Ørsted, Our Fish, Peace Boat, Peace Boat US, Planet Tracker, Planète Mer, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Pure Ocean Fund, Rare, RespectOcean, SEYCCAT, Shom, Skretting, StormGeo, Sulubaai Environmental Foundation, Surfrider Foundation Europe, Sustainable Ocean Alliance, Sustainable Shipping Initiative, Tenaka, The Ocean Foundation, The Ocean Race, The Rich NorthSea, The SEA People, Tour des deux Amériques, Under The Pole, UNEP FI Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Initiative, United Nations Development Program, United Nations Foundation, UN Global Compact, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Vattenfall, Waves of Change Coalition, World Economic Forum, WPD, WWF.
With the support of IOC-UNESCO.