Life below water gives us life above water...
Any ambition to “save our planet” that does not consider the vitality of our Oceans first, alone will simply not be potent enough to save our species from extinction. We need all categories of natural ecosystems to thrive with diversity and vitality, but we must not ignore the fact that the Ocean is by far the most dominating ecosystem there is. It covers more than 70% of our planets` surface and provides 1.332 billion cubic meters of pure habitat with the incomparably highest density of living organisms on earth.
The Ocean provides around two thirds of the oxygen we breathe and stores a truly important part of our carbon emissions which is sadly resulting in further acidification of seawater.
Only because of its capacity of absorbing and transporting heat this planet is finally inhabitable for human beings and many other species. It has in fact absorbed more than 90% of the global warming that happened over the last 50 years. We do see at what high cost this has happened looking at the vast destruction of coral and complex reef ecosystems all around the world.
The currents of the Ocean regulate the different climate regions on the planet and therefore further support diversity of flora and fauna which, as we know today also provides the foundation for some of our major sources of food. The Ocean is not only the initial source of all life on earth it is its most important protector as well. Looking at all of this one has to challenge the naming of this planet as planet “earth” since this is truly an aquatic planet.
Still, we misuse our Seas as dumpsites for waste, toxins and emissions having led to severe damage and imbalance within this crucial element of ecology.