This week it’s all up to us – Tina asked us to choose our subject and to share whatever it is about it that we find interesting.
I’m always interested in our planet earth. April 22 this year marked the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970. For this post, I would like to reflect on what oceans mean to us and the part we play to save the ocean.
Oceans are the lifeblood of our planet and all the creatures that live there. They cover nearly three-quarters of the earth and hold 97% of our planet’s water. We depend on the oceans for the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and even the products that keep us warm, safe, informed, and entertained. Ocean water can give our brain and senses a rest from overstimulation, get into a mindful state, and trigger insights and ideas. It also inspires us to be more compassionate and connected.
“There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.” – Sarah Kay
A morning walk with some lady friends on Huntington Beach, California.
“The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides, and, in its depths, it has its pearls too.” – Vincent van Gogh
My husband dived in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. His diving buddy took the photo.
“The sea knows no limits, makes no concessions. It has given us everything and it can take everything away from us.” – John Ajvide Lindqvist
Our last trip to Maui, Hawaii, on the way to Road to Hana.
“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.” – William James
We loved to visit Makena Beach, Maui, Hawaii.
“Dance with the waves, move with the sea, let the rhythm of the water set your soul free.” — Christy Ann Martine
This was one of the surfers paradise day with waves at 10 feet high at Newport Beach, California.
“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.” – Robert Wyland
I was so excited to see the school of dolphins swam under our diving boat in North Carolina.
“Like the ocean that remains calm in its depths even when waves rage over its surface, and like the sun that continues shining on high even during storms, we can at each moment create value and develop our state of life, enjoying our existence to the fullest in times of both suffering and joy.” –Daisaku Ikeda
Our first day of the Ensenada cruise on the North Pacific Ocean.
Ocean Threats and Solutions
Human Activities are threatening the health of the world’s oceans. More than 80 percent of marine pollution comes from land-based activities. From coral bleaching to sea level rise, entire marine ecosystems are rapidly changing. Global warming is causing alterations in ocean chemistry and many oceanic processes, and it is threatening many species of marine animals that cannot cope with higher temperatures. Overfishing is a serious problem in many parts of the world.
Conservationists advocate creating expansive marine reserves to protect the biodiversity of the oceans. We can play our part to reduce carbon dioxide, use reusable instead of single-use plastic products, properly dispose of hazardous materials, use less fertilizer, pick up garbage and littler near beaches, and buy ocean-friendly products and eat sustainable seafood – Sustainable seafood guide.
The Economist Group’s World Ocean Initiative asked Sir David Attenborough and four other leading thinkers on ocean conservation how they would invest $1 billion to protect the ocean.
YouTube June 8, 2020 12:11 minutes