Oceans: The Planet’s Life Support System

By: Lauren Lockey

 “If the oceans die, we die.”  

Sea Shepherd Founder, Captain Paul Watson

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       Oceans are the planet’s life support system for all uni-cellular and multi-cellular  organisms including humans. They cover nearly three-quarters of planet earth, and hold 97% of the planet’s water. Like trees, they produce more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere, and absorb carbon from it. “With every 10 breathes we take, 8 of them come from the ocean…”

Even though we live in the mountainous desert of Utah, the oceans still affect our lives and our family’s lives each and every day.

We all can agree that film is extremely powerful so rather than listing the many reasons oceans are important and how humans are impacting them, let’s take the visual route! The ocean is fascinating with all it’s symbiotic life so please click here and take a journey into a world so deeply connected to our own.

     According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, “80 percent of the world’s fish stocks for which assessment information is available are considered fully exploited or  over-exploited. Researchers are predicting that all fisheries will have completely collapsed by the year 2048 due to loss of bio-diversity caused by over fishing and the many other human threats facing ocean wildlife and ecosystems, such as pollution, climate change and ocean acidification, and the loss of vital habitats.”

    We can no longer turn or run away from the truth that is science. We can’t sugar coat it, say “we will get to it later” or rely on someone else to do it. We can make a collective effort that involves a small shift in our daily lives. Without fresh water, the rain forests, and healthy oceans, WE can not survive.

What can you do?

 Switch out meat, dairy, eggs, and fish for more plant based foods. It really is that simple. Again, we are the lucky ones with a choice. A choice that will impact every organism on the planet. We can either make that impact  positive or negative. What will you choose? Please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns regarding the transition to a plant based diet!

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