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More than a drop in the Ocean

Updated: May 31, 2022

The 8th of June is World’s Oceans Day but we want to dedicate this full month to honour our oceans.

We know that the best way to protect them is to learn about it. We want to give voice to our Blue Planet and spread awareness so everyone can make a difference for the oceans and the planet in their everyday choices.

Shift to a Plant-Based diet, my friend

The oceans are being overfished and emptied of life. It is a crisis that we face now, in our time. Researchers are predicting that all fisheries will have completely collapsed by the year 2048 due to loss of bio-diversity caused by overfishing and the many other human threats, such as pollution, climate change and ocean acidification, and the loss of vital habitats.

Approximately 80 percent of the oxygen we breathe comes from the sea. As Sea Shepherd Founder, Captain Paul Watson says, “If the oceans die, we die.” It really is that simple.

Revolution starts at the end of your fork

The best way to stop supporting the rapid depletion of fished species as well as the many other marine animals who fall victim as fisheries by-catch – dolphins, whales, sharks, sea lions and sea turtles, among many others – is to eliminate seafood from your diet.

We are not just fishing the oceans to the brink of collapse. Human consumption of meat and other animal products is also having a devastating impact on the sea. Animal agricultural operations produce massive amounts of waste that pollute streams, rivers and the oceans, and run-off such as pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics and nutrients from operations producing crops to feed the massive number of farmed animals pollutes the water as well – and can even lead to ocean dead zones (sadly, these are exactly as they sound – areas of the ocean with no life). Methane emissions from factory farms contribute significantly to climate change and ocean acidification.

More than a third of the global catch of wild fish is ground into fishmeal and fish oil to feed farmed animals – including farmed fish! In addition, as many places around the world face water shortages and droughts, animal agriculture continues to claim a massive amount of freshwater. According to the UN, agriculture accounts for the most use of water – 70 percent of global water usage, much of which is used for crops to feed livestock. It is estimated that it takes 2,393 liters of water to make just one hamburger and 15,415 liters of water to make one steak! Anyone who is an environmentalist should be concerned with this reality. Imagine all the water that could be saved by following a vegan diet!

We are proud to say that Sea Shepherd is sponsoring V on Wheels #morethanadrop campaign, to give voice to this important issue and spread awareness. From the tiniest fish to the great whales, we will continue to promote and practice veganism as a way to protect vital oceanic eco-systems.

This decade, we can rewrite the future.

Join us to help protect the ocean, tackle the climate crisis, and build a more equitable planet.

Where to start?

- Follow @seashepherdnz and get informed, donate or become an activist

- Follow us for food options @vownheelsnz

- Get inspired with stories that matter

- Watch Seaspiracy

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