There is a whole other world, a quiet, stunningly beautiful world, a deadly world, a world that so few of us have the privilege of seeing in person. The ocean world. Home to some of the most colorful living organisms in the world. In fact, the colors found in the oceans have inspired the painting and decorating of our own homes. A serene bedroom with it’s aqua walls, sandy bed linens, and coral accents, instantly gives us a sense of relaxation, a feeling of being under the sea. Not only does the ocean inspire us with its’ colors and beauty, we have been inspired by the life that exists within. The excitement we feel when we spot a dolphin or whale, or the schools of colorful fish and plant life we see while snorkeling or diving. What if this source of life, food, art, transportation and inspiration is so damaged that it is beyond repair?
As humans, we are supposedly the most intelligent living creatures on the planet, and it is our responsibility to take care of all it’s inhabitants. We have failed miserably. Factory pollution, over fishing, nuclear disasters, oil spills and plastic are some of the ways in which we are destroying our waters, and the life in them. Shark fin fishing, the dying coral reef, the affect of oil spills are some of the subjects we will discuss in our blog. Humans have caused more damage to the earth in the last 100 years than in all of time. If every human died today, it would take about 300 years for the sea life to thrive once again. My point here is that the earth does not need humans, and with that being said, we should take another look at our arrogance. We are only renting for a short time, nature is eternal. Nature has its’ own way of balancing things out. Built in all of life is the ability to heal itself without human interference. With progress comes an unnatural disturbance to the order of life. We cut down trees, we pollute the air, we overpopulate, we kill for sport or money and we don’t care what we do to our oceans. There is an island of plastic floating around known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Literally a floating island of plastic bottles and garbage. How can this be? How have we allowed this to happen to our beautiful planet in just a few short years? The industrial revolution followed by the technical revolution has advanced our society at an alarming rate that there is now barely enough time to stop and assess the damage. You can’t just press a time stand still button and fix all the damage. The world goes on, people, industries, countries keep doing what they are doing. Canada, one of the best most progressive places to live in the world, has just released a carbon tax. This tax pays the fine imposed by the United Nations because Canada did not meet it’s obligation to decrease carbon tax emission by the required deadline. The government of this fine country decided it was better (for who, not sure) to pay the fine rather than do its part in lessening pollution.
Awareness is the first step to healing our oceans. Exactly how much of a footprint does a cruise ship leave behind? What is happening to all the sharks and why? Why are we losing entire species of water birds? How does an oil spill get cleaned up? What is the lasting effect of nuclear bomb testing in our oceans – yes, this is still going on. These are some of the topics that will be explored in this website.