Ocean Action Hub

Want to learn about how the ocean and your life are intrinsically connected? Love the ocean and the wonderful life forms it supports? Concerned about the challenges the ocean faces? Wonder how to help?

If you answered YES to any or all of these questions, the Ocean Action Campaign invites you to join the global community to take action to protect our ocean.

We welcome volunteers from all walks of life to boost the implementation of the voluntary commitments to Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14) pledged at the 2017 Ocean Conference, and increase the number of new commitments.

The ocean produces half of the oxygen we breathe. 4 out of 10 people in the world depend on the ocean for food. The ocean creates jobs and income for 1 in every 10 people worldwide.

What are the Voluntary Commitments and SDG 14?

In June 2017, the United Nations convened the first ever Ocean Conference in New York to support progress on SDG 14. The Conference focused on reversing the decline in the ocean's health for "people, planet and prosperity".

A Call for Action from the Conference received over 1,400 voluntary commitments made by governments and many organizations and communities to support the achievement of the SDG 14 targets.

The SDG 14 targets are very ambitious and likely to be missed by many countries without a big push globally by both organizations and individuals. Many of the SDG 14 targets have a deadline of 2020.

What actions will you take?

Large or small, every action counts! Choose from the ideas below or create your own. We're excited to see what you will do!

  • Stop using single-use plastics (bottles, cups, straws, etc.)
  • Make better seafood choices
  • Organize a beach clean-up
  • Support an organization that saves marine life
  • Avoid using products with microplastics
  • Tell your friends and family why we should respect the Ocean
  • Use social media to spread the word
  • Join the Ocean Action Hub to share your actions