Protecting biodiversity means protecting ourselves.
Protecting biodiversity is not only one of Seasons‘ missions – regarding the sustainability and seasonality of what we bring to the table in Seasons Bistrots and Restaurants – but it is also a concern for scientists.
It’s an issue that was talked about a lot recently on World Oceans Day: massive fishing is depleting fish fauna, reducing marine biodiversity, and putting ‘the sea’ at risk.
The ocean covers over 70% of the planet. It is our life source, supporting humanity’s sustenance and that of every other organism on earth.
The ocean produces at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen, is home to most of the earth’s biodiversity, and is the main source of protein for more than a billion people around the world. Not to mention, the ocean is key to our economy with an estimated 40 million people being employed by ocean-based industries by 2030.
Even though all its benefits, the ocean is now in need of support.
With 90% of big fish populations depleted, and 50% of coral reefs destroyed, we are taking more from the ocean than can be replenished. To protect and preserve the ocean and all it sustains, we must create a new balance, rooted in a true understanding of the ocean and how humanity relates to it. We must build a connection to the ocean that is inclusive, innovative, and informed by lessons from the past.
“The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods” have been the theme for World Oceans Day 2021, as well as a declaration of intentions that launches a decade of challenges to get the Sustainable Development Goal 14, “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources”, by 2030.
These are key, immediate figures from United Nations data, that make us understand easily how the protection of the Oceans – which inevitably passes through the protection of biodiversity – is crucial for mankind. We at Seasons are involved in this by favoring suppliers who practice sustainable activities. And the principal sustainable activity is to protect biodiversity.
We are also committed to doing our part by talking about these issues, which are an inevitable gear of our corporate identity. We also do this to raise general awareness. If you would like to keep up to date with our initiatives, join our community or come and visit us in one of our locations.
(Photo: Magnificent sea anemone with its vivid red underside presents its guest, a resident pink skunk anemonefish. Ngemelis Region, Palau, South Pacific. This photo was one of the winners in the UN Oceans Day Photo Contest. By Michael Gallagher)