There’s but One Ocean, global and endless.
The great current that runs through the Ocean, sometimes on the surface where it’s warmed, sometimes in the depths where it becomes cold, joins all of it together. It takes a thousand years for a drop of our One Ocean to flow all around the world.
The Ocean is a treasure for Humanity.
Thanks to its activity and its interaction with the air, the Ocean captures carbon, generates half of the oxygen in the atmosphere and controls the climate. The rich biodiversity and the abundance of life it hosts, both feed us and protect our coasts. Every single day, we benefit immensely from its energy, its contents and from the medicines we’re discovering in it. Since the beginning of time, it has brought humans together and enabled virtually all the world’s commercial trade. It makes us marvel and it makes us dream.
It’s the future of Humanity, yet it’s under threat.
We’re drowning our Ocean in garbage, plastics, polluted waters and carbon gases. Right now, we’re plundering its fish and destroying its habitats. Tomorrow, will we do the same with its genetic and mineral resources? As the object of our relentless and ever-competitive needs, will the Ocean become the cause and the stage of future armed conflicts?
The Ocean is the responsibility of all.
The international agreements of the second half of the 20th century put in place a regime that has long been considered necessary and sufficient for the Ocean’s management. But we must go far beyond and together develop a new approach that places collective responsibility well above the traditional principles of freedom and ownership of the Ocean.
The Ocean is the Common Good of Humanity.
The foreword to the Paris Agreement on climate encourages all States to watch over the integrity of the Ocean as an ecosystem, with a view to protect its vast biodiversity. Currently, the United Nations is rushing to finalize a legal regime for the High Seas that better protects them while enabling the sustainable use of their resources,
But We, signatories to this Appeal, consider that the entirety of the Ocean is under threat and vigorously demand that all marine spaces, from the coasts to the High Seas, be considered as a Common Good of Humanity.
They already signed
Committed navigator and vice president of Innovations Bleues
Emeritus research director at the CNRS, oceanographer
General delegate of the French Sea Institute
O2ceans Program Manager
President of the French Sea Institute
President of the Paul Ricard Oceanographic Institute and spokesperson for the Ocean and Climate Platform