CAMPAIGNS have been on the streets of Portsmouth over the weekend to raise awareness about the dangers of the Antarctic Ocean.
Portsmouth Greenpeace joined Commercial Road for a series of & # 39; penguins & # 39; as part of a national campaign to create the largest protected area in the world, in order to preserve the environment and the species that inhabit the area.
The penguins danced next to the fountain for the entertainment of the passing public, while people know the group's national campaign.  The day of the campaign, which saw activists challenge the humid climate, coincided with Penguin Awareness Day.
If the Greenpeace campaign is a success, the Antarctic Ocean would become a sanctuary, with the aim of preserving life within it.
The Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary would be the largest protected area in the world, encompassing 1.8 million square kilometers of ocean.
According to Greenpeace, the waters would be outside the limits of the fishing industry, protecting species such as krill to sustain the ecosystem as a whole.
A report by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) identifies five species of penguins in danger of extinction, and five other species are labeled as vulnerable.
Greenpeace volunteer James Sebley said: "People need to understand the importance of the oceans for the well-being of the planet.
& # 39; Healthy oceans mean that we also have a healthy planet.
& # 39; The ecosystem in Antarctica is vital to address climate change and we want the UK government to support a marine sanctuary since industrial practices would certainly threaten the delicate ecosystem that exists there.
& # 39; I hope the people in our community will help us make history.
& # 39; We need people to sign the Greenpeace petition and join people from all over the world to create the largest protected area in the world. & # 39;
Preserving the oceans has been a long-standing focal point for P ortsmouth Greenpeace.
In 2016, the group warned residents about not eating sustainable tuna, with unsustainable fishing methods that damage the ocean ecosystem.
Last year, the group concentrated on plastics, with concerns about how much plastic it was floating.
For more information and to sign the petition, go to secure.greenpeace.org.uk/page/s/antarctic.