Every year since I was born I have been able to go on my family vacation to Sanibel Island, Florida. Every year it blows my mind of how beautiful the island is, and I am always sad that I have to go back to Oklahoma.
Sanibel Island is a small island community that is driven by tourism, but is also focused on preserving the natural beauty of the island and the ocean. There is an island wildlife preserve called Ding Darling for conservation of mangrove tress, aquatic birds, manatees, alligators, and other local wildlife. To help out the sea turtles the city of Sanibel tells locals and tourists that after 9 p.m. people need to turn off outdoor lights or cover them to prevent turtle confusion.
But not every costal city is as conscious about their impact on the ocean and the environment as much as Sanibel is.
According to the Living Blue Planet Report (LBPR) the world’s oceans are in worse conditions than what most people know. Oceans seem so endless, powerful, beautiful, and plentiful it is hard to image that the oceans are hurting.
The human race has had a direct effect upon the oceans. We use it for recreation, we harvest fish and other resources for commercial use, and our waste has polluted the waters.
The report said there is more than 5 trillion plastic pieces weighing over 250,000 tons in the oceans. Many organism, like the sea turtle above, confuse floating plastic with food, ingestion causes digestion blockage, and even leading to death.
Coral reefs, sea grass plains, and many other ecosystems are declining all over the world. If the current rates of temperature raising continues, the ocean will become too warm for coral reefs by 2050.
LBPR said “Populations of fish species utilized by humans have fallen by half, with some of the most important species experiencing even greater declines.”
Our oceans are way more valuable than how we have been treating them. There must be a change if we are to preserve the earth’s oceans from being destroyed.
Loving your Ocean is Loving your Earth.
The following audio talks about the importance of caring for and preserving our oceans. Human beings have had a definite negative effect on the ocean and it’s ecosystems. It is important to be informed about the factors that are influencing our oceans, and why there must be change to preserve them.