An Invitation to Engage with Mercy Oceans Initiatives
Mercy Oceans Campaign
The Mercy Global Action Oceans Taskforce invites the Mercy World to engage in a Mercy Oceans Campaign. The campaign will run in tandem with the United Nations Ocean Conference in Lisbon from June 27 – July 1, 2022. Participants can choose to engage in all or some of the suggested ways. This campaign urges the Mercy World to reflect on and take action for the health and sustainability of the world’s oceans. A Mercy Oceans Campaign toolkit, compiled by the Mercy Global Action Oceans Taskforce is available below.
Full Mercy Oceans Campaign Resource List
The materials below were compiled by the Mercy Global Action Oceans Taskforce and are available for download. Please contact the MGA team with any questions at email@example.com.
Full Toolkit (PDF)
Spirituality & the Sea (PDF)
Explore further resources for prayer and learning about ocean issues: MGA Ocean Resources (PDF)
Explore más recursos para la oración y el aprendizaje sobre los problemas del océano: Recursos sobre Océanos de la Acción Global de la Misericordia (PDF)
Ocean Prayer Resource
MGA’s Ocean Task Force, on behalf of Mercy International Association, is pleased to offer a prayer resource focused on our ocean. The resource was developed ahead of World Oceans Day on 8 June and the UN Oceans Conference 27 June - 1 July.
Mercy Supports Our Oceans
UN Sustainable Development Goal 14
The human impact on the ocean has already caused a great deal of damage, and the need for restoration projects is apparent. The ocean, our life support system, is intrinsically linked with social justice and economics around the world and we rely on it in a variety of ways. Many coastal communities and countries, including those around the Mercy World, depend on the resources of the ocean for their livelihoods and for food. Dependency upon the ocean is as true for coastal communities as it is for major world economies. Economically, countless jobs from fishing to tourism depend on healthy oceans. Ecologically, we need a healthy ocean to slow global warming; and the ocean provides about half of the world’s oxygen. Without healthy oceans, it is hard to see how humans could continue meeting our basic needs; yet, oceans remain a dumping ground for trash and sewage and suffer from the effects of climate change (deoxygenation, acidification, and biodiversity loss).
No real action can take place without a fundamental cultural shift. Our culture must move towards one concerned for the health of our oceans and climate change, and demand the necessary changes from industries and governments around the world.
Download MGA’s World Oceans Day Infographic here.
UN Ocean Conference: Lisbon, Portugal
The 2022 UN Ocean Conference will be held from 27 June through 1 July 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal. Co-hosted by the governments of Kenya and Portugal, the conference seeks to mobile action and “start a new chapter of global ocean action.”