Oceans over almost 70% of the earth’s surface and they are important for many reasons.
They soak up 25 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions created by our activities and have been called the lungs of the planet. Blue carbon is carbon captured and stored by marine and coastal ecosystems. These ecosystems can capture carbon faster than forests on land and are also biodiversity hotspots that protect the shoreline.
For a healthy planet, we need healthy oceans. We caused damage and there is still lots of work to do, but there is hope as policies are worked out to protect marine life and recovery is happening in reefs and mangrove forests.
Wondering what you can do to help?
- Reduce your plastic consumption. The islands of plastic debris floating in the oceans break down, creating microplastics which are ingested by marine life.
- Choose sustainable seafood.
- Support organizations that focus on protecting marine ecosystems.
- Engage with your government to adopt ocean-friendly policies.
Take a moment to learn more about this vital part of our lives.