The coronavirus pandemic has been dominating headlines recently, but it’s not the only pressing difficulty which affects the whole planet. The damage we’re doing to our waters threatens our presence.
They help to provide the air we breathe, the food we eat and also the fuel that powers our world.
We celebrate our oceans and look at why we must protect them, today more than ever
Rainforests are often known as the lungs of the planet, but tiny organisms within our oceans create more than half of the planet’s oxygen.
The oceans and the life inside them also absorb about a quarter of their carbon dioxide we release into the atmosphere. However, it comes at a price. Nowadays, oceans are more acidic than they’ve been in at least 800,000 years. This acidity impacts marine species — such as plankton, shellfish and corals — that construct their shells and skeletons from calcium carbonate.
It is crucial that people reduce CO2 emissions, and we could all take concrete actions to create a difference.