Oceans and Seas are great for many reasons. Not only because they represent our main oxygen supply, but they are home to many species of fish and other marine life and most of us see a visit to the ocean as a great way of having fun – to swim, sunbathe and cruise. Unfortunately, more than 200,000 ocean inhabitants die every year because of the trash that ends up in the oceans.
Most of the trash is plastic, a material that proved itself useful for humanity but which can have deadly effects on marine life. Did you know that by 2015, 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic ended up in the oceans? (Source: Aquaworld). You have probably seen pictures of turtles, birds and other creatures being trapped, killed and/or injured because of plastic leftovers.
Another great problem is carbon dioxide. Everything in nature is linked together which means that when something goes wrong, it will create a domino effect, making other things to go wrong as well. In the same way, carbon dioxide increases the green house effect, which increases sea levels. If we carry on polluting the air and the oceans like we did so far, future generations will leave in a devastated environment. Is this the inheritance we want to leave behind?
Luckily, there is something each of us can do to protect the oceans. It does not matter if you live near the coast or hundreds of miles away, there is still something you can do. Find out how you can help from our next blog post. Check out our blog on Friday.