Why It's Important to Keep the Oceans Clean

Oceans may contain 97% of the Earth's water, but climate change, overfishing and other human impacts have thrown their health into decline. Only about 3% of the world's oceans are legally protected, yet we have proof that marine protected areas — where human activity is restricted — offer healthier ecosystems, increased biodiversity and even have the potential to increase gender equality in nearby communities, among other benefits.

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