Friday, March 2, 2018

Six Ways To Care For Our Oceans

Why We Need To Care For Our Oceans

Do you swim, snorkel, dive, boat, ski, or fish in the sea?  Then the ocean is important for your recreational enjoyment.  

Perhaps your livelihood is tied to the ocean.  Then it is important for your financial security as well.

But there are other--often overlooked--reasons to care about the ocean.  It holds great significance for our health on earth.  

  • Without the ocean, the earth could not make enough oxygen for our survival.  The ocean produces 50% of all the oxygen we breathe.
  • Without the ocean, earth's temperature would negatively change.  It's the ocean that regulates our climate and weather by transporting heat from the equator to the poles.
  • Without the ocean, we would loose many of our medicinal products. Ingredients for fighting Alzheimer's, arthritis, cancer, and heart disease come from the ocean.
  • Without the ocean our diets would change.  The ocean produces much of the seafood we eat.
Any way you look at it...the ocean is very important to everyone who wishes to continue the quality of life we know today.

Ways To Care For Our Oceans

Our oceans are facing severe and growing challenges today:  acidification, habitat loss, over fishing, rising temperatures, and pollution. How can we help?

We don't need to live near the ocean to respect and take of it.  There are many things we can do even if we live hundreds of miles away from any shore.

  • Prevent pollution from going down our storm drains and street gutters.  Land runoff travels down rivers and empties into the sea. 
  • Make sure our trash is placed in appropriate receptacles.  Even inland trash can find its way into the ocean.
  • Reduce the amount of waste we create by reusing and recycling everything we can.  Get the whole family to help.
  • Turn off the faucet to save water. Every drop is precious.
  • Turn off unused lights and appliances to save energy. 
  • Tell others what we’re doing to help the oceans.

Let's become ocean advocates.  If we all work together, we can make a significant change for the better.


1.    "Gulf of Mexico 'dead zone' is the largest ever measured".  Web.  27 Feb. 2018.  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  <>.

2.  "What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?".  National Ocean Service NOAA.  Web.  27 Feb. 2018.  <National Ocean Service NOAA.  Web.  26 Feb. 2018 >. 

3. "Why Should We Care About the Ocean?".  National Ocean Service NOAA.  Web.  26 Feb. 2018.  < >.


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