We Are One Ocean: A Surfer’s Call to Action
28 April 2021 | By Ellie Graessle, WSL PURE
As surfers and ocean lovers, the ocean provides more than a beautiful barrel; it’s our stadium and playground, it represents a refuge and a grounding presence in our daily lives. Connecting the world in a way that no other natural resource does, the ocean fosters community and connection to people around the world who share a love for this special place. We use the ocean as therapy to keep us balanced, as a friend to meet for an evening surf, even as an alarm that wakes us up day after day. For all it gives us, it is now in dire need of protection.
The World Surf League (WSL), with its non-profit WSL PURE, is committed to protecting the waves we surf, they are the heart of our existence. Leveraging the WSL’s global platform to highlight the people and organizations spearheading ocean conservation around the world, WSL PURE announced the We Are One Ocean campaign earlier this year. This campaign calls on world leaders to protect and conserve 30 percent of our global ocean by 2030 and urges world leaders to be driven by science and led by an inclusive process that embraces all stakeholder communities and considers the ocean’s value to the peoples of every nation. We Are One Ocean provides a platform for all ocean lovers to show their support for meaningful protection of our global ocean through a petition signature, which will be presented to the 2021 United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity later this year. Over 80 non-profit organizations and businesses, from PADI and World Sailing, to Conservation International and The Ocean Project, have joined WSL PURE’s We Are One Ocean coalition, with a shared purpose of amplifying the urgent call to protect our one ocean.
Not only does the ocean provide over half of the world’s oxygen, but it also bonds a unique community of ocean goers around the world. The ocean is an irreplaceable respite for surfers, divers, sailors, and communities worldwide. Healthy coral reefs provide structure for some of the world’s most treasured waves, thriving and biodiverse ecosystems motivate SCUBA divers to keep adventuring, and steady seas allow sailors the thrill of navigating uncharted waters for exploration and competition. It is our responsibility to protect it in order to ensure future generations are able to reap its infinite benefits.
By protecting and conserving 30 percent of our global ocean, we can help ensure equitable access to the ocean and its resources for all people. We can preserve sacred places and traditions for cultures tied to the sea and capitalize on a critical opportunity to safeguard our most precious resource.
On this World Ocean Day, join surfers, divers, and ocean-lovers in protecting our one global ocean that gives so much to us by signing the petition at weareoneocean.org.