Oceans are Sick: Must be Healed

Oceans are Sick: Must be Healed

Oceans form a great part of the environment and over the years, they have been ravaged by climate change and severe pollution.  The unfortunate change of events that have conditions immensely untolerable has been the contribution of the human race.

The amount of man-made pollution and hazards that are threatening the environment today are unimaginable. The oceans have the capacity to absorb at least a quarter of man-made CO2 and also soak up over 90 per cent of the heat generated by greenhouse gases. As a result, oceans keep the population alive but then pay a terrible price for it.

With the amount of industrial pollution, chemical and toxic wastes, the humungous amout of plastic and other waste and debris found floating in the oceans and seas, have made them acidic, undermining their capacity to draw down the CO2. The marine heatwaves are wiping out coral reefs,and acceleratign the melt-down of glaciers and ice-sheets, thus ensuring sea-levels are rising faster.  The warmer water surfaces have expanded the range and force of deadly tropical storms.

Humans must take steps to safeguard nature and it's elements that are undergoing degradation that appears to have no slowing down.  It would be difficult to reverse conditions.  However, restoration and protection is key. At least 30 per cent of the oceans must be protected  by 2030. There should be restoration of coastal mangroves and seagrass meadows, which can draw down the CO2 levels.