The marine biologist, Raquel Gaião Silva, made a video about a portuguese NGO named Ocean Alive that is making the difference when it comes to Climate Action. The video shows their involvement with the local fishing community and their fantastic role in protecting the seagrass meadows. Are you curious about it? Take a look!
Seagrass meadows are a part of the marine forests and have an excellent capacity for taking up and storing carbon in the oxygen-depleted seabed, where it decomposes much slower than on land. This oxygen-free sediment traps the carbon in the dead plant material which may then remain buried for hundreds of years. When degraded or destroyed, the carbon stored for centuries is released.
In a time where we are all witnessing the burning of the “lungs of the world”, we need to raise awareness to preserve this not so spoken forest: the marine forests that we all rely on.
Ocean Alive is working every day to protect and restore this precious ecosystem, and we want to spread the word about what they are doing so others can do the same!
This video was shortlisted among hundreds and is in the final phase of the UN Global Youth Video Competition. This contest aims to share inspiring stories from local projects to combat climate crises, protect biodiversity and restore ecosystems. Raquel chose to tell the story of Ocean Alive and if this video turns out to be the most viewed, it will play at the Climate Summit in New York and Raquel will participate in the COP25 World Climate Change Conference in Chile.
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All photo credits belong to Gustavo Figueiredo/Fundação Yves Rocher.