The ocean shapes our weatherOcean currents help move heat around the world, making the climate less extreme and our planet more habitable.
The ocean slows climate changeBy absorbing a large part of our CO2 emissions and most of the excess heat generated by emissions, and by storing carbon from marine life, the ocean provides vital climate mitigation.
The ocean is home to a myriad of lifeThe world's seas and oceans contain millions of different kinds of life, many of them unknown to science.
The ocean is the lungs of the worldLife in our seas and oceans produces half of the oxygen we breathe.
The ocean heals usOur seas and oceans provide life-saving drugs, and ocean life could be the key to tackling the diseases of the future.
The ocean feeds usMore than 3.5 billion people depend on our seas and oceans for their primary source of food.
The ocean makes us wholeIt is where we came from and where we always return, to rest, swim, dive, sail, and to nurture our physical and mental health.
The third edition of Ocean Week will kick off on World Oceans Day, 8 June 2022. It will feature a series of awareness-raising and policy events, discussions, and activities in Brussels and beyond.