Cartoon #2 – Fishing in the desert

Artist: Patrick Chappatte
First Published: World Meteorological Organisation Calendar

Described as the ‘blue heart’ of our planet, the world’s oceans play an important role in all of our lives.

Covering 70% of the Earth’s surface not only are the oceans vital for cultivating sources of food, sustaining tourism and moving 90% of the world’s trade but they play a valuable role in keeping warming in check and providing breathable air for the planet.

Yet our oceans have been left under protected and overfished.

In 2006 a study predicted that most seafood could be lost by 2048, and while some improvements have been witnessed in the years that followed, today 85% of fish stocks are fully exploited.

As the world prepares itself for the Rio+20 Summit this June, protection of the oceans is set to be a central issue and has already been announced as one of the conference’s critical issues.

The World Meteorological Organisation Calendar is published by Entico in partnership with the World Metrological Organisation (WMO) and is sponsered by Denso, with cartoons from the artist Patrick Chappatte.

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