“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.” Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Tuesday, June 8, 2021, marked World Oceans Day. The theme “The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods.”
This year was a declaration of intentions that launches a decade of challenges to reach the Sustainable Development Goal 14, “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources”, by 2030.
When I stand at the ocean’s edge, I feel the immenseness, the power, the elegant grandeur that seems unrelenting and invincible. Even with an ocean’s vast and tempestuous nature, I feel its underlying vulnerability and my protective response. We must, individually and collectively, accept the challenge – to care for our shared oceans which connect us all.
Three billion people’s livelihood depends upon the health of marine and coastal biodiversity. The air we breath, the weather patterns we enjoy, and the medicinal ingredients that help fight cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and heart diseases come from our oceans.
Travel with me to Newfoundland and look out over the Atlantic Ocean and remember the words of Rachel Carson:
“The winds, the sea, and the moving tides are what they are. If there is wonder and beauty and majesty in them, science will discover these qualities… If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry.”