Mother nature has blessed us humans with more than we will ever need. But it seems our curiosity, our thirst for things that are beyond our reach and crave for adventure has brought us to a point where these gifts are now being poisoned. Talk about the air and the water that surrounds us. We were told that 70% of the earth where we call home is made up of water and in a scary way, we haven’t destroyed this part of the earth, we are about to.
The oceans are one of the elements responsible for keeping the earth together and healthy. For me, it is the lifeblood of the entire ecosystem. That is why we as humans need to realize that to survive and live healthy lives and prosper, we need a healthy relationship with all our oceans. A good way to start is to stop polluting it (ocean). With 30% of CO2 emissions that are produced by humans being absorbed by our oceans, over 97% of the earth’s water supply is contained in the ocean while 70% of the oxygen we breathe is produced by the marine plants. If these facts don’t disturb you, I wonder what will.
What is ocean pollution?
Ocean pollution (aka Marine pollution) is the release of harmful substances such as plastic, oil, agricultural and industrial waste and not leaving out the chemical particles. It’s no breaking news that these oceans provide home for the marine animals and plants that we know of today.
Causes of Ocean Pollution
This might be a rhetorical topic to write on as we all are guilty of making this place inhabitable for these marine organisms. When human beings start to mine for material such as gold and copper, this monster is lurking behind. The copper that we mine today is a major pollutant in the ocean and it also disrupts with the life cycles of all marine organisms. One statistic was revealed recently that brought forth the fact that in 2014, over 5000 sq. miles of the Gulf of Mexico was almost devoid of life, no thanks to pollution. Other causal agents include:
The Sewage – Pollution can enter the ocean in different ways. Sewage is one of them. Pollutants flow directly from sewage, rivers, or drainage directly into our precious oceans.
Littering – when objects that are far inland found their way into the ocean no thanks to the wind. Believe it or not, this is one of the major sources of ocean pollution. There are lots of plastic in the oceans today, and the volume will scare you. Ever heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? We have successfully created a Pacific trash vortex, not just in the Central North Pacific Ocean, but all over the world.
How does it affect humans?
Nervous System damage.
These are only some of the effects ocean pollution has on us. I haven’t talked about the fact that we are indirectly cutting short the marine food supply by killing them off.
At the awaken wave we are raising awareness and giving our proceeds to help our planet earth’s struggling Eco-systems. A wise man once said that the greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.