“On World Oceans Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honor the ocean, which connects us all. Get together with your family, friends, community, and the planet to start creating a better future. Working together, we can and will protect our shared ocean. Join this growing global celebration on 8 June!”
Today, I am celebrating our oceans, that wide expanse of blue that bestows an abundance of benefits to humanity.
Oceans resonate with our creative spirit. We feel alive when the salt air touches our face and a brisk wind buffets our bodies. We revel in the sounds of waves splashing against the shoreline, recognizing we stand on the edge of an infinite grandness.
Oceans cover 70% of the Earth’s surface, regulating our climate and weather patterns. The ocean produces over 50% of the world’s oxygen and stores 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere. Oceans offer a pharmacopoeia of medicines, ingredients that fight cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s diseases and heart disease. More than one billion people depend upon the ocean for sustenance. Nearly 50% of the world’s population lives within a coastal zone and are engaged in ocean-based businesses to support their families. From an economic perspective, oceans are the shipping routes for 90% of international trade.
Without oceans, we would not survive.
We live in a complex time where climate change, shrinking resources, and population growth are challenging us to participate in creating sustainable communities.
Everyone has a vital role to play, beginning with celebrating our precious oceans.
“For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.”