The oceans are mankind’s lifeline, which contribute to over 70% of the oxygen we breathe and over 96% of our water supply. The oceans are so vast that they cover 72% of the world’s surface.
With our oceans being at the brink of disaster, we have to do something to stop our vital system from destruction. In 2007, over 2.12 billion tons of plastic had been dumped into our oceans. In 2014, 5000 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico was almost devoid of any life, all because of pollution. Our modern industrial lifestyles are affecting our oceans in the worst ways possible and this could lead to the most detrimental of consequences.
We have so much to thank our oceans for. They produce over 14% of the protein that we eat and have essential marine plants that have been used in scientific studies that have proven to reduce inflammation, pain and fight against certain types of cancer.
There are many ways in which you can help to reduce pollution, these include; recycling, reusing water bottles, reusing shopping bags, lowing the amount of plastic products that you buy and refusing to purchase any accessories, jewellery or home decorations that have contributed to the destruction of coral reefs and marine wildlife.
Becoming aware of what is killing our oceans and the wildlife within is a great way to learn about how vital the oceans are. The more you learn, the more you will want to help spread awareness.
If you would like to learn more about the effects that pollution has on our oceans, take a look at the outstanding infographic below, created by the team at divein.com