Our Seas Our Future

3,315 supporters

OSOF aims to protect New Zealand’s coastal and marine ecosystems through advocacy, education, and environmental stewardship, ensuring that they are managed sustainably and protected for future generations.

Started 2 petitions

Petitioning New Zealand Government

Commit to establishing 30% of New Zealand’s oceans as Marine Reserves by 2030

New Zealand’s ocean is a global hotspot of marine biodiversity. Our Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) covers 4.2 million square kilometres of ocean— that’s 15 times more than our total land area! Yet, we currently protect less than 1% of our ocean from industrial extraction.  Our seas are home to tens of thousands of species of fish, invertebrates, birds, marine mammals, and algae. Many of these species are found nowhere else in the world, including the Hector’s and Maui dolphins, Blackfoot paua, and New Zealand’s black corals, to name a few.  Our ocean also provides us with food and oxygen. Every second breath we take is possible because of our ocean.  In 2016, the International Union for Conservation of Nature called for a global goal of 30% protection of the world’s oceans in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) by 2030. We want to see New Zealand’s government do their part to meet this global goal. Pollution, overfishing, destructive fishing methods, and other extractive activities place dangerous pressures on our oceans, and these effects are only compounded by climate change.  Establishing a robust network of marine reserves is one of the most important things we can do to mitigate these threats and protect our oceans in New Zealand. We are all stewards of our marine environment, and how we treat our environment now will shape the world we are living in tomorrow; the health of our seas is intertwined with our future. Join us in asking the New Zealand Government to establish more Marine Reserves to protect at least 30% of New Zealand’s oceans by 2030. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- We need your help: 1. Sign and share this petition. 2. Join this cause as an organisation partner, or supporter. 3. Contribute to this cause as an individual, providing your time and expertise. Contact us: info@osof.org ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- *Marine Reserves are Type 1 protection MPAs that provide full protection. We are asking for Type 1 Marine Reserves, with provisions made for Mātaitai and other customary management tools.

Our Seas Our Future
1,220 supporters
Petitioning New Zealand Government

Phase out Single-Use Priority Items in New Zealand by 2023

We want the New Zealand Government to phase out Single-Use Priority (SUP)** items by 2023. #OneTermAction The Government has indicated that these SUP items are next to be phased out, however the time frame for some of these is currently proposed to be in place by January 2025.  Join us in calling on the New Zealand Government to take more proactive action by committing to phasing out all listed SUP items within one term (by 2023). Each day, more and more single-use plastic items are discarded into landfills, and the natural environment. Actions speak louder than words, and we want to see the Government take action on single-use plastic items by committing to quantifiable time frames and full phase-out of SUP items by 2023. One of the biggest issues facing our natural environment is pollution. An estimated 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic entered the ocean in 2010 from people living within 50 kilometres of the coast in 192 countries. Plastic pollution has a direct effect on coastal and marine wildlife, and thousands of marine animals are killed each year as they mistake floating plastics for food or they become entangled in it. Plastic ingestion has been documented from small fish to sea birds and large mammals. Plastics clog waterways, and end up in landfills where they may take many decades to thousands of years to break down into smaller particles that continue to pollute the environment. ** PVC and polystyrene packaging and beverage containers (including polystyrene meat trays, cups and takeaway food containers), non-compostable fruit stickers, plastic cotton buds and single-use plastic cutlery, plastic straws and stirrers, disposable plastic plates, bowls and cups, plastic lined coffee cups and lids, produce plastic bags, other plastic packaging. References: 1) Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean 2) Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made 3) Reducing the impact of plastic on our environment  

Our Seas Our Future
2,095 supporters