Happy Friday friends.
There’s a day for everything it seems. We’re awash with them. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Clean Air day, World Environment Day, and National Cheese and Pickle sandwich day.
Star Wars Day and International Talk Like a Pirate Day are right up there for my money. But this week we marked World Ocean Day, which I thought deserved to be talked about in the blog.
So welcome aboard fellow Oceaneers and let’s pay homage to the magnificent Oceans that occupy more than two thirds of our Blue Planet. After all, they play a massive role in sustaining life on earth.
Time to dive deep and look at just 5 of the reasons why they’re so important and why we should be loving them, caring for them and more importantly, protecting them.
The Oceans have a massive part in the Earth’s water cycle and our weather systems. Evaporation helps the formation of clouds which bring rainfall around the world. This is vital for our survival and our ecosystems. Look what would happen to your lawn if it never rained, never mind the farms that grow our food. As the science world would say” we’d be a 100% bang in it”
(I might have made that last bit up).
The Oceans are like the planet’s thermostat, they balance and regulate climate patterns and temperatures. They do a phenomenal job of helping climate change by absorbing massive amounts of carbon dioxide and influencing weather patterns to prevent extreme temperature fluctuations.
They are quite literally the lungs of the earth and generate up to 80% of the earth’s oxygen. Without this, the air we depend on would be very different. Marine plants such as phytoplankton absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the atmosphere. That’s a beautiful thing, right?
If you’ve ever watched the BBC programme “The Blue Planet’ with Sir Dave you will have marvelled at the astonishing biodiversity of our oceans which are literally teeming with diverse ecosystems and species. Infact this week’s tenuous song link comes one of my favourite Disney films that tells the story of the Little Mermaid. Sung by the Jamaican crab, Sebastian, it has one of the best lines, “Darling it’s better, down here where it’s better, Under the Sea!
The oceans provide massive amounts of grub bringing food security to millions with sustenance and livelihoods. Coastal populations depend on the oceans for food and the fishing industry provides food to the table that is protein rich and delicious.
So to celebrate World Oceans Day let us all give some thought to the importance of what they do for us and our planet. Let’s safeguard them by taking responsibility for looking after them much better than we have done in the past. They give us life sustaining oxygen so let’s show them the love back and protect these amazing resources ,not just for us, but for those who come afterwards.
Thanks for reading, Have beautiful weekend.
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