Ministerial Letter

The following letter, signed by organisations from across the world, addresses climate and environmental ministers from G7 countries ahead of the G7 ministerial meeting on 20th May 2021. If you would like your organisation to be added to the letter please email .

Dear Climate and Environment Ministers of the G7,

As you consider the environmental agenda for the G7 Summit, we urge you to listen to the science and make ocean action an integral part of discussions on the climate crisis and biodiversity decline.

Our leaders will not be able to tackle climate breakdown if they do not protect the ocean. This is the clear message from ocean scientists from all G7 countries, as set out in the statement ‘Seven Asks for the G7:  Why embracing the ocean is central to tackling climate disruption, supporting human wellbeing, and sustaining a successful recovery from the COVID 19 pandemic’This same science also tells us what needs to be done. There are clear measures that can and must be taken now to help stop the rapid decline in ocean health and the loss of support it provides. Such measures include the negotiation of a strong and robust High Seas Treaty that is in the best interests of the ocean and humanity and the protection of at least 30% of the whole ocean from destructive industrial and non-industrial activity, by 2030.

A commitment to protecting the ocean should be included in the agenda for the summit and in the ultimate communiqué, as a demonstration that the G7 countries are seriously and effectively ready to take a global lead in preventing and reversing climate breakdown.

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the vital importance of science-led action. It has also shown that global challenges require a global response. We need the same approach to be taken as global leaders discuss how to build back from the crisis and create a healthier and more prosperous world. We need global leaders to take ocean action to protect our planet’s life support system.

We hope that you will champion the ocean at the summit and throughout this critical year to the UNFCCC COP26 in November.  Our climate, our planet and all humanity depend on it.



Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA)

Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition



Blue Marine Foundation

Blue Ventures

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

Client Earth

Coastal Partnerships Network

Community of Women Professional Scuba Divers Indonesia (KP3I)

Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Deutsche Umwelthilfe

Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC)

Ecology Action Centre

Ecology Africa Foundation

Environmental Justice Foundation

Fauna & Flora International


Fins Attached Marine Research and Conservation

Fundación Meri

Gallifrey Foundation

Global Fishing Watch

Global Ocean Trust

High Seas Alliance

Institute of Fisheries Management

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO)

Mammals encounters Education Research



Marine CoLAB

Marine Conservation Institute

Marine Conservation Society

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Nature Canada

Ocean & Climate Platform

Ocean Alliance


Ocean Unite

Ocean Wise

Ocean. Now!

OceanHub Africa

Oceans North



OneOcean Flotilla


Organización para la Conservación de Cetáceos

Our Fish

Our Shared Seas


Pure Ocean Fund

Sailors for the Sea Japan

Sana Mare



Seas At Risk

Sharkproject International

Shark Trust

Surfers Against Sewage

Surfrider Foundation


Synchronicity Earth

Thames Estuary Partnership

The Danish Society for Nature Conservation

The Nature Conservancy

The Ocean Project

Turkish Marine Research Foundation

West Coast Environmental Law Association

Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Wildlife Conservation Society



World Ocean Day

Zoological Society of London