Advocating Oceans: how it heals people and environment
Do you love your family? Well, the answer would most probably be a "Yes," and why shouldn't it be. A family supports and loves you throughout your life; they stick with you through the thick and thin while you return the same love in swathes. It is impossible for you to ignore any of their difficulty because, in the end, they have done so much for you and deserve to be protected in their tough times.
While you might have agreed with the love for your family, I would like to know why don't we pay enough homage to the seas and the oceans. These gifts from nature have helped us live a healthy life and sustain the environment. These oceans have been immensely important in healing both our bodies and the atmosphere, but do we payback? No, absolutely not.
The oceans are under a major threat due to various human activities; some of them include:
Overfishing: humans have gone deep down to the most hidden areas of oceans to fish the rarest fishes, which would take at least 20 years to reproduce. This had emptied some major fishing regions around the world, while the minors regions are expected to deplete soon. Though fish regeneration is possible, it would take some time to be implicated, and the better returns would only come true if the rate of fishing is slowed and adequate measures are taken to bring equilibrium.
Acidification: The emission of greenhouse gases has resulted in acidification of the ocean, making life difficult for the marine creature, resulting in falling reproduction levels and deaths. Acidification refers to the formation of carbonic acids in the ocean, formed when carbon dioxide dissolves in water. It is connected with significant problem-ocean warming.
Habitat destruction: The deep-sea trawling has resulted in the destruction of major seamounts, which are the habitat of a large proportion of the marine population. The destruction of habitat has resulted in a massive reduction in the fish population.
Coastal Pollution: It is the most significant danger that must be dealt with on an instant basis. The oil spillage from tanks and disposition of waste in the ocean has destroyed the oceans. The spills and wastage cause water pollution, which is a threat to both marine and human life. Alongside it, plastic waste is another danger for marine life as it causes fishes to choke on them while also hindering the growth of aquatic plants.
Water covers 70% of our body; literally, we are made of it, and the biggest source of water is the ocean. Around 76% of the entire planet is covered with water, out of which oceans make a major component. If these areas are left under-threat, the threat would be transmitted equally to the entire planet because, despite its under-estimation, the oceans have silently been taking care of Earth.
With this blog, we aim to persuade and inform the audience regarding the importance of oceans in the healing of the environment and why it is important to ensure that they retain their features.
The role of the Ocean in healing Our Body and the Environment
1. An Unparalleled Source of Oxygen
Oxygen is one of the key components for our survival, and it's no secret that an inadequate provision may lead to severe health troubles, including death. While most of us would have believed Forests to be the greatest hub of oxygen, let me reveal to you a not-so-hidden secret, oceans produce more oxygen than the largest tropical forests. According to research, 70% of the oxygen on earth comes from the oceans, while around 28% of the total comes from the rain forests. The sea is filled with a microscopic plant called the phytoplankton. The plant does a similar job to what leaves do on earth; they take in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen.
2. Produces Food For A Large Population
Ocean doesn't only take care of your oxygen but also ensures a balanced diet for you. Fishes are the most prominent source of protein, which is essential for building your muscles and stabilising your body's growth. According to statistics, fishes contribute to around 17% of the total animal meat consumption, and the rate is growing rapidly as the latest research reveals "red meat" to be hazardous for health.
However, we might not always be able to keep with the same levels of consumption because the rise in demand isn't followed by a supply rise but rather a decline, as overfishing and coastal pollution pose a major threat to marine life. The oil spillage and wastage have resulted in dampened production levels, while deep-sea trawling is a major cause of premature catch. The early catch refers to catching tiny fishes that haven't reproduced, thus reducing the overall quantity available for future use.
3. Retain Heat from the Sun
The ocean is a significant part of our ecosystem. It acts as a massive barrier by absorbing the radiations emitted by the sun, thus, helping to regulate climate change, including sustaining the temperature. According to the latest study by US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, during the last 50 years, 90% of global warming has occurred on the earth's oceans, which has considerably reduced the effect of global warming.
4. Contribute to the Rainfall
The ocean influences the weather by distributing the heat & moisture around the earth. The water in the oceans continually evaporates, increasing the humidity and temperature of the air, and leads to the formation of storms & rainy clouds. The storms & rainy clouds are moved with the airflow, and when the clouds become heavy to stay suspended, it results in rain. Indeed, almost all the rain starts from the oceans.
5. The Biodiversity of Ocean Life
The ocean life is amazingly diversified. It is the home to millions of species that live in the oceans but aren't discovered yet. According to the US national library of medicine's national institutes of health, there are almost 91% of species in the oceans that haven't been identified till now. If the oceans aren't cared about, the species shall die and go extinct. Thus, the beauty and diversity of the oceans will end
6. Possess therapeutic properties
The oceans have been proven as an amazing source of relaxation; it possesses vital anti-viral drugs that improve the performance of the human body. The result has shown a reduction in blood pressure levels and the freedom of an organ's extremities instantly after the oceanic water touches the face. Along with it, the blue color of water influences the mood of the viewer and calms the mind, which frees any stress or depression.
7. Improves the immunity of the body
Oceans possess countless minerals that are available in abundant quantities for human beings to heal themselves. Contact with numerous minerals helps your body develop resistance to illness and diseases. Alongside it, regular sea baths are fruitful in promoting anti-inflammatory responses from your body.
8. Nourishes your skin
Along with boosting our immunity, the minerals available in ocean water are vital in the nourishment of our skin and promotes healing of the pores and dark heads. According to research, seawater can prove to be useful in treating aging lines and improvises a more youthful look. Doctors recommend having a sea bath each fortnight as it helps in devising your body processes.
The oceans have played a significant part in stabilizing our lives and the environment; now it's our turn to pay back. The oceans of the world are in a dire state now, and they need our help. Be it water pollution, plastic deposition, or oil spills, the oceans are devastated, and their natural sustenance is fading away. It is high time that we start making likewise measures to cure the oceans because if the situation worsens, the repercussions are going to be regretful.
Honest Evrth is an organization that was found for the purpose of cleaning the oceans. They have ensured that they play their part in saving the environment. The organization has already removed 52000 plastic bottles from the coastlines and plan to take the tally to 1000000 by the end of 2021. The idea is unique and innovative, which educates and engages the public in treating water pollution; the plastic collected can be exchanged for tech gadgets, educational equipment, etc.
In the end, I would like to pursue all of you to support our movement and play your part in helping us heal the oceans that have always been our supporters, ensuring each of our needs, from oxygen to food, is fulfilled.