The Need

Our Oceans

The Ocean is one interconnected system of water that covers 3/4 of our planet. Other than the sun, it is the primary driver and governor of our planet’s climate without it, earth would be uninhabitably hot during the day and frozen at night. More than half of all the oxygen you breathe every day comes from the ocean whether you live in California or Colorado. If you don’t think the Ocean impacts us personally on a daily basis, try a day without breathing.

The Ocean provides the world with our largest source of protein and via evaporation and rainfall, the fresh water we drink and use for our very livelihood. The Ocean’s monetary value to us as a life support system is beyond calculation and would certainly surpass trillions of trillions of dollars. It also provides hundreds of billions of dollars in annual services to industry and global commerce. The Ocean and its inhabitants are wonderful, mysterious and grandly inspiring and have been the subject of authors, poets & explorers through the ages.

The Currrent State of Our Ocean

The Currrent State of Our Ocean

But now, we have clearly seen that the Ocean is not the inexhaustible, immutable resource we once thought it was. It is getting hammered as evidenced by crashing fisheries stocks worldwide, the loss of over a third of the world’s coral reefs, a garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean twice the size of the state of Texas, over 400 oceanic dead zones’ worldwide from agricultural runoff including 8500 square miles of ocean off the mouth of the Mississippi River and massive animal and plant extinctions that have only occurred 5 other times in our planet’s 4.5 billion year geologic history.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that scientific consensus states that if we act NOW, we have a good chance of reversing these declines. The Ocean is amazingly resilient but we are reaching thresholds from which there may be permanent damage. We need to ask ourselves if we want our children to have the same or more than we did. We need to understand that we are negligently playing around with our own life support system. We need to act smarter, be more creative, less greedy and more aware.

We are all part of the Ocean’s decline as we all use resources simply by the act of living. The real question is not about giving up quality of life but rather finding a more sustainable way of living while simultaneously improving our quality of life. Degrading natural resources like the Ocean may result in short term capital gain for a select few but in the long term it decreases the standard of living for all of us.

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