Recognising the critical issues facing our oceans, the United Nations put in place the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. SDG #14 is an urgent call for action, action for a sustainable future for our oceans and therefore our planet.
Why is SDG14 so important?
We are dependent on ocean health for our very survival. The temperature, chemistry, currents and life of the world’s oceans drive our planet’s global systems. The very systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. How we sustainably manage our most vital resource is essential for humanity as a whole.
How does BLUE align with SDG14?
We started making BLUE in 2015 when WWF had just released its Living Blue Planet Report stating half of all marine life has been lost in the last 40 years, and that by 2050 there would be more plastic in the sea than fish. The same year (2015) countries around the planet adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
BLUE tells the story our generation needs to hear. The film’s themes directly align with SDG14 including: preventing and significantly reducing marine pollution; minimising and addressing the impacts of ocean acidification; ending unsustainable and illegal fishing practices; and setting aside and conserving more coastal and marine protected areas.
BLUE’s overarching themes are to sustainably manage and protect our most precious resource now and as a legacy for future generations to come.
How you can take action
The most important function of the SDGs is they provide a road map of what needs to be done and why. They provide a set of goals that can be applied to individuals, communities and organisations. They provide a way to evaluate what we are doing towards a sustainable future. Our future.
It’s important to note that some of the goals are actually set pretty low as they are global goals, taking into account small island nations, developing and developed countries. It’s a framework of guidelines that can be adapted to your community, your country, your region. Not all goals may apply but the important thing is to note that a line has been drawn in the sand. Think how your local community, local council, workplace, school, business, can put actions in place to align with SDG14.