THE MAINS ISSUES
THE EARTH IS BLUE
The sea occupies 71% of the surface of the planet. And yet, we know the surface of the moon better than our seabed.
The sea remains unexplored: 90% of the seabed has not yet been discovered and 90% of marine species are still unknown. However, it is in the heart of the ocean where the riches and solutions of tomorrow lie.
The sea is the future of the Earth. It will be our survival, the place of our exchanges and the source of our prosperity. More than ever, the sea must remain an open space, whose only limits are those of courtesy and respect for the environment.
THE SEA IS THE HEART OF THE CHALLENGES OF TOMORROW
50% of the oxygen we breathe is produced by the plankton: it is more than all the forests in the world.
The ocean regulates the exchange of gases and limits global warming by absorbing 30% of CO2 emissions.
The ecological services provided by the ocean are essential: regulation of heat, preservation of the vitality of ecosystems, food, recycling of mineral salts …
The sea is the lung of the globalized economy.
90% of world trade passes through the sea.
Shipping by sea is 6 times cheaper than by road. A container ship = a train of 350 km = 6,000 semi-trailers = 1000 A380.
80% of the planet’s mineral resources would be located in the sea.
98% of Internet traffic falls under the sea.
30% of hydrocarbon reserves are at sea.
The energy of tomorrow will be in the sea.
It is estimated that there are between one and fifty million marine species yet to be discovered.
50% of cancer treatments are derived from marine organisms.
Renewable marine energies are an effective solution for the islands and all maritime facades.
60% of the world population lives less than 100 km from a coast.
97% of the planet’s water is in the ocean.
Cities sometimes depend on desalinated water as a source of drinking water.
60% of the food in tropical developing countries comes from the sea.
Seafood is the main source of animal protein for more than a billion people.
France has the second largest maritime area on the planet.
Europe has the largest maritime area in the world.