A few years ago, during summer, we decided to visit the great Hawaiin Islands. During our stay, we got the chance to converse with the locals and what we learned was surprising and shocking at the same time.
The majority of the islanders depended on the ocean for a living, and most of their activities were connected to it in some or the other way. Although they had limited places to visit and no grubby fast-food joints, as compared to the city, the residents were happy, and it seemed like they enjoyed every bit of living on an island.
I remember one of the most hair-raising experiences, diving with the Great White Sharks! Looking at those notorious predators from such close proximity was exciting and fearful simultaneously, but a once-in-a-lifetime kind of an experience.
Those few days at the Hawaiin Islands left a prominent mark. The island life, the tourism, and the various ways the locals used the ocean for each and everything had me thinking on a deeper level. What if the ocean disappeared? How will that impact their lives? The corals that they work so hard to preserve, if gone extinct, would be a massive loss for them.
Thus, with the aim to start a global movement about ocean conservation, I decided to form The Purpose of Earth Foundation. And since then, my ultimate goal has been to shed light on ocean conservation, recycling, and a sustainable lifestyle, making more and more people aware of why it is important and how it impacts the environment.
Since you’re already here, let me tell you why ocean conservation is important for the climate and how if we care for the ocean, it cares back!
Why is Ocean Conservation Important?
Well, 97% of the water on Earth is oceans. So if we imagine a world without oceans, it means losing all that water and being left with only 3%, which is definitely not enough for the survival of humans and animals.
It would probably evaporate within days, and we would be left dehydrated. Not to forget, the whole climatic cycle would be disrupted.
Hence, the ocean can survive without us, but we can’t survive without the ocean. Let that sink in!
This brings us back to the topic in question. Why is ocean conservation essential, and what other benefits does it provide us?
1. Oceans are the Largest Ecosystems
You’d be surprised to know that almost 80% of the life on Earth is found in the oceans. What’s more surprising is that we have only discovered around 5% of underwater species. That leaves thousands of creatures and oceanic domains yet to be unearthed.
And even the small percentage of the ocean that we know of is home to so many exotic aquatic creatures, all of which play an important role in keeping the ocean alive, like the magnificent coral reefs, mangroves, estuaries, and various other shoreline ecosystems. The existence of these ecosystems helps keep many things regulated, like purification of water, storing carbon in saturated soil and protecting the coastal communities from floods, etc.
2. Oceans Help the Environment
I bet most of you are unaware of how the ocean contributes to a better environment. Let me tell you that half of the oxygen that we breathe is produced by the ocean. Not only this, but it also absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, reducing the effects of climate change as a result. Moreover, the ocean stores solar radiation and distributes heat and moisture around the planet. Here I’d also like to add that the water evaporated from the oceans regulates the temperature and humidity levels of our planet and causes rain and storms.
See, it drives the whole weather system!
3. Oceans are a Source of Renewable Energy
Renewable energy – the energy from natural resources, that’s what all the hype has been about lately! Among other resources, oceans are a major source of renewable energy. It helps produce thermal energy from the sun’s rays and mechanical energy from the tides.
So, the next time the surf’s up, remember how the strong waves are a source of limitless and infinite energy!
4. No Coral Reefs Means No More Snorkelling!
We talk about the corals and their unmatched beauty, but seeing them in reality while snorkeling is an out-of-this-world experience! But with the oceans turning plastic, coral reefs are at the risk of extinction, and there’s a possibility that our future generations will only be able to read about the magnificence of the corals of the past and not see them.
If we want to continue enjoying ocean adventures through deep-sea diving and snorkeling, we will have to put some ocean conservation efforts.
The ocean gives us countless benefits, but with all the human activities inducing climate change, these benefits will diminish with time and eventually end.
But how is the ocean connected to climate change? Let’s have a look!
Ocean Conservation and Climate Change
You all know that oceans are the life-support system for the Earth, and lately, they are under threat from climate change, global warming being the number one cause.
But what is causing the planet to become warmer?
Combustion of fossil fuels, deforestation, fertilizers, refrigerants, etc., release greenhouse gasses like carbon dioxide and nitrogen into the environment, making the temperature rise. This is eventually affecting the oceans by:
– Increasing water temperature
– Ocean acidification
– Melting of Arctic ice
– Rising sea levels
– Coastal erosion, and eventually,
– Declining biodiversity
But the good news is that we can reverse the effects of climate change by putting an end to the activities that are causing it. It’s in our hands!
If we work together for ocean conservation, our combined efforts will be fruitful in the years to come.
We can’t let the oceans reach the point of no return; therefore, we must start now!
Your Contribution to Ocean Conservation
To help save our oceans from turning plastic and bring the aquatic species back from the brink of extinction, you can join The Purpose for Earth Foundation.
We work with marine life conservation organizations to raise awareness and educate young people and families about the importance of ocean conservation and living sustainably. You can join us in this noble cause and contribute to a better planet, for yourself, for your family, and for the generations to come.