Why our Oceans Matter

Why our Oceans Matter

Vincent Kneefel

15 years: Ocean conservationist

The ocean is big, blue and invaluable. If it was a country it would have the largest economy in the world - and we’ve only managed to explore 5% of it. Unfortunately, this is all at risk from human activity. Join Vincent Kneefel in this introductory video, as he explores the importance of the ocean to livelihoods and the meaning of the blue economy.

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The ocean is big, blue and invaluable. If it was a country it would have the largest economy in the world - and we’ve only managed to explore 5% of it. Unfortunately, this is all at risk from human activity. Join Vincent Kneefel in this introductory video, as he explores the importance of the ocean to livelihoods and the meaning of the blue economy.

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Why our Oceans Matter

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Overview

The ocean is the largest natural carbon sink on earth. Protecting the ocean will be vital in the fight to mitigate climate change. In GDP terms the ocean has an estimated value of over $24 trillion - the largest economy on earth. By understanding the economic and social value of the ocean, firms and businesses can understand how important it is to protect and conserve the ocean for the future.

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the economic value of the ocean

  • Define the blue economy

  • Identify the sources of value the ocean provides

  • Outline we need urgent action to preserve the ocean

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Vincent Kneefel

Vincent Kneefel

Vincent Kneefel is an underwater photographer, ocean conservationist and circular economy expert. He has worked for organizations such as WWF, United Nations and Accenture on strategic sustainability and ocean conservation initiatives. His photographs show some of the most iconic and endangered creatures of our ocean.