The ocean is a constant source of wonder for me. The more I learn about it the more I learn to love it. Not only is it simply wonderful to look at and understand, 95% of it is totally un-explored. We’ve mapped the entirety of the moon’s surface yet only 5% of the seabed. If you’ve ever been scuba diving you’ll know what I mean when I say it’s another world down there. Every single one of your senses receives different stimuli compared to on land.
Our waters also play a fundamental part in the world’s ecosystem. From sea creatures providing food for countless animals including humans, to phytoplankton producing 70% of the oxygen in our air, oceans are vitally important to life being able to flourish on land. Look back far enough and every person on earth has a distant (and I mean very distant) ancestor that lived under the waves. It’s where all life on Earth originated and evolved from.
I try to be as positive as possible with what I’m writing about but that’s no easy task, especially when it comes to the sea. By 2048, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts, our oceans will be devoid of life, which spells the end for humanity. This is due to massive amounts of plastic in the water, over-fishing and ocean acidification caused by heightened levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. These are desperate times indeed for one of the greatest wonders of the world.
I love the sea, and if, in my lifetime, I saw it destroyed by human activity, I’ll regret it until the day I die (which would be pretty bloody soon after that).
There are numerous ways you can help in the effort to save our seas.
As previously mentioned, stop buying John West and Princes Tuna, instead opt for own brand or “pole and line caught” tins.
Try to use less plastic products by bringing your own reusable bag for groceries as opposed to buying plastic bags.
Walk or cycle instead of taking the car to reduce your personal CO2 output.
It takes very little to make a huge difference in the fight for the life of the Earth’s seas.