The oceans are getting warmer, and this is causing coral reef bleaching, disease, marine dead zones that lack any trace of oxygen and are impossible for marine life to live in. There’s also the plastic issue that gets a lot of attention due to its unsightly nature. So, what is the best way to save the Oceans?
The cause of ocean warming is – global warming – it’s the release of Carbon Dioxide and other greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. The atmosphere warms, this warms the seas and oceans and leads to all sorts of nasty things like sea-level increase, weather pattern changes, climate unpredictability, the emergence of superbugs, and of course the coral bleaching and disease, marine dead zones, and species destruction mentioned earlier. You name it; we’ve got it.
What can I do to save the Oceans?
First of all, be aware that everything is interconnected. Oceans, land, seas, forests, it’s all a working functioning system. If one thing gets out of whack, then it causes something else to get out of whack. Raise awareness. Be the annoying family member at dinner or the office. Climate change is everyone’s problem.
Cut out as much carbon dioxide (CO2) causing activity you can.
Take public transportation, lower on-grid electricity consumption (solar is ok, not coal burning). Lower meat consumption, grow your veggies, drive less, fly less, be mindful of where your goods are produced and how they’re transported. Buy local.
Lobby your politicians.
Write your representatives, first and foremost, they want to get reelected, and if the climate is on the ticket, then they’ll at least raise awareness about it. The more of us who know and talk about climate change and back our talk up with purchase decisions, will put pressure on politicians and polluting corporations.
The bad news is that our cumulative individual actions will make only a small dent in the total amount of CO2.
What is the most effective way to cool the oceans?
Plant trees and restore forests. Individually, get involved with local groups and reforestation efforts. Mass reforestation is the least expensive, and most effective way to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, and in turn, cool the oceans. The question that remains is – is can we pull this off on a large enough scale and do it in time, the oceans are getting warmer at an accelerated rate. Right now, the odds are against us.