I realise my last post was on Earth Day. Haven’t really had time to blog properly about field trips and stuff, in the midst of my exam week and all. But today is World Oceans Day, and I just thought I’d do a quick post.
Two thirds of our Earth is covered by the ocean. Back in Singapore, being an island completely surrounded by the sea, plus the fact that most of our GDP comes from shipping trading, marine issues were a common feature. Here in Cambridge though, being relatively far from the coast, I barely spend time thinking about marine issues, save the occasional article that appears on my newsfeed. Just makes me wonder how many people living in inland areas think about the impact they have on the oceans and the oceans have on them.
Oceans are awesome cos marine plankton provide 1/2 of our atmospheric oxygen. These plankton also suck carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which is good when we’re pumping out ever more CO2 by burning fossil fuels. About 15% of the global population get their animal protein from fish, and I’m sure plenty more people enjoy their shellfish and various seafood.
The diversity of life underwater is just incredible, as anyone who dives can attest to. And after all, life first evolved underwater.
Yet the oceans are increasingly under assault. We used to think that humans could never wrought a change in a body as huge as the endless ocean. But I guess that’s no longer true.
Climate change is causing ocean acidification. Which has an impact on the organisms living in the oceans, and will eventually impact us as well.
It’s a crime, really, that we’re doing this to the oceans. So make a promise today to do something for the oceans. Because you are actually really just doing yourself, and the future generations, a favour.
Find out more:
End of the Line film
Problems of overfishing
The black fish: working for the oceans –> I attended a talk by them last year, and henceforth decided to abstain from all seafood unless I know for sure how it’s been obtained.
And really, to deal with ocean acidification, you need to deal with climate change. Globally, I’m not sure if any solution can ever be reached, but individually, you can all do your part about it. Reducing carbon footprint, reducing consumption, etc.