Published on 9 December 2021, this blog by Leticia Carvalho of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) identifies five reasons why a healthy ocean is essential for the protection and promotion of human rights. Firstly, oceans are a source of food, livelihoods and cultural traditions for millions of people. Secondly, oceans regulate the Earth’s climate and weather patterns. Thirdly, they provide ecosystem services that are critical for human health and wellbeing. Fourthly, oceans offer opportunities for recreation, education and spiritual and religious practices. Finally, they are a key element in sustainable development and poverty reduction efforts.
This blog describes five reasons why a healthy ocean is essential for human rights.