No Ocean, No Us: 3 Reasons We Should Care About the State of Our Oceans

Matthew Zumbo | OneGreenPlanet.Org

The ocean, aside from being the most alluring elemental amalgam ever, is kind of a workhorse for humanity. Image source: Awesome Ocean

The ocean, aside from being the most alluring elemental amalgam ever, is kind of a workhorse for humanity. Image source: Awesome Ocean

There are several things in our environment that we have to keep reminding ourselves are not precious to everyone.  Despite a direct correlation to the future of life on our planet, people somehow fail to make a connection.

The ocean is one of these things. You remember the ocean. It was represented by all that deep, soothing blue on your childhood globe. Well, the ocean is suffering as a direct result of what we’re doing to it. According to this year’s Global Ocean Commission Report the world’s oceans are dying. The causes of this vast and exponentially devolving oceanic crises are threefold. Climate change, pollution (specifically, direct pollution to the oceans, and not general pollution that would be associated with climate change) and over-fishing comprise the malevolent triumvirate suffocating an unspeakably essential ecosystem.


If you were to ask a group of people, any group, from any walk of life, if the ocean was “important” to them, they would overwhelmingly say something like “of course.” Which is fine, but then, upon looking at how the oceans are regarded as evidenced by our behaviors, a very different story begins to unfold.

The Ocean: Humanity’s Workhorse

(Pay attention here. This is why you should care.)

The ocean, aside from being the most alluring elemental amalgam ever, is kind of a workhorse for humanity. In this case, if you’ll allow, we would call our ocean an over-workhorse because we’re asking too much of it. The ocean is responsible for (deep breath) up to 70 percent of our oxygen, regulates our climate by absorbing a whole buncha carbon dioxide and holds 97 percent of Earth’s water supply.

It provides us with a livable world and we don’t even know about most of what’s going on down there, well, other than the massive puddles of petrol, courtesy of BP. Simply put, and this is the very conclusion at which the Global Ocean Commission arrived, “No ocean, no us.”


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