It would be irresponsible to start the topic of the oceans off without first mentioning the absolute unparalleled beauty and sheer levels of wonder that the oceans bring into our existence.  There is nothing comparable to spending a carefree, sun kissed day with your feet in the sand and senses put to ease by the calm, nurturing and rhythmic sound of the ocean waves.  Amongst all of this beauty though, our oceans are playing a critical role in maintaining Earth’s climate and ecosystem. 

Did you know that the oceans are home to the largest ecosystem on Earth?  Our oceans also generate 50% of all of the oxygen we breathe, while absorbing the carbon dioxide from the air!  As if that wasn’t enough, our oceans also directly impact our climate and hold the most promising leads in providing source materials for medications that will combat cancer, pain management and bacterial diseases.  The health of our oceans directly affects the health of our species and all life on Earth.  We have too much knowledge these days of the adverse effects human behavior is causing upon our seas.  It is no longer acceptable to sit by and allow our oceans and all of the life within to suffer and dwindle away. 

The good news is that there is still time.  There are many ways humans can make minor adjustments to nurture and protect our seas.  One way is by eating sustainable seafood, which has a direct benefit to the gentle ocean ecosystem.  You can also reduce, reuse and recycle all plastic, or even move to glassware where possible, to eliminate plastic waste.  The feature picture is a small example of the immense trash that fills our oceans and injures or kills marine life.  There is no generation that has ever had the urgency to follow through and bring about immediate change as ours.  It is our duty to give a life sustaining planet to our children so they may have an opportunity to simply live, experience the joy of having a family of their own, and at least have the opportunity to grow old…the time to act is now.  Come to the quiet call for help from our oceans and the enormous amount of life within.        

 Factual info provided by the Marine Conservation Institute.

Published by JS Spirit Author