The ocean is the heart of the planet
Water covers more than two-third of the Earth's surface, and the?Ocean is the heart of the planet. But why should we care so much about the ocean? Is it actually a problem that the ocean will have more plastic than fish in it by 2050, if we don't do something?
The ocean produces 70% of the oxygen we breathe. In comparison, the rainforest only produces 28%. No matter how far away from the sea you live, from every ten breaths you take, seven come from the ocean. The sea does not only give us oxygen, it also soaks up heat and transports warm water from equator to the poles, and cold water from the poles to the tropics. Without this the weather would be extreme in some regions, and it also give us almost all rain. So, without the ocean we would lose out on nature's own climate control.
Almost a billion people get their main source of protein from the oceans today, fish accounts for about 15,7% of the animal protein. People have utilized resources from the oceans for decades, for example algae and sea plants for cooking sushi. Which means a lot of people get their daily food from the oceans. Did you know that there’s actually more life below the oceans surface than on land? All of these play an essential role in the tropic chain of the ecosystem. Because of global warming and the changes in sea temperatures, a lot of species have moved to other places in the ocean, a development which is truly dangerous for the ecosystem!
We also need the oceans for our holiday vacations, what would a vacation to the Mediterranean Sea be without a swim or a dive? We need the oceans to find our happy-place on holidays. But even more importantly, the oceans engage more than 59.6 million people in professions related to fisheries and aquaculture worldwide. That means a lot of jobs for people around the world.
Despite all these important reasons to take care of our ocean, we still know more about what's going on at Mars than we actually know about the ocean! A healthy ocean keeps us healthy on earth. In fact - we?are alive right now because of the oceans. Now the ocean needs to be kept alive by us. The choices we make now determine our future, and our children’s future. We have the responsibility to care for the ocean as it cares for us.
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