The oceans cover more than 70% of our planet. They are the lung of our planet Earth. Like forests, oceans are too. If we look at it figuratively, let's say that the oceans are one lung and the forests another lung.
The importance of taking care of the health of our oceans is many. One of the main ones is that it generates the 50% of the Earth's oxygenThat is, it is vital that we keep the blue mass in good condition. In addition, it houses more than 700 thousand marine species, it is the transport channel for the migrations of many animals and humans, it influences meteorological phenomena and regulates the climate.
Unfortunately, in recent decades it has been more threatened than before, due to human activity such as overexploitation of fisheries, coastal mismanagement, pollution from human and industrial waste. It also influences climate change.
It is important to emphasize that the oceans allow our planet to be a habitable place for humans and other species.
For these reasons, we must celebrate and preserve our oceans. Just the 3% from them all over the world they are protected, for its sustainable and responsible use.
In Spain, we have 12% of our seas protectedThis is good news since we have exceeded the objective imposed by the Convention on Biological Biodiversity to protect at least 10% of marine waters.
Global Ocean Treaty
More extensive regulation missing, to be held by member states at UN headquarters in New York to finalize The Global Ocean Treaty, a legally binding international tool on marine biological diversity located in waters outside national jurisdiction. The objective of this treaty is to maintain the obligation on the part of the member states to protect and preserve the marine environment.
Happy Ocean Day!
This day serves to raise public awareness and the community about the consequences that human activity has for the oceans and launch a global citizen movement for the oceans. The objective is to achieve sustainable management of the oceans.
And why does so much garbage, especially plastic, arrive in our sea?
The production of single plastics, especially, is the biggest problem. It generates daily trash and they are waste that nature cannot handle or control on its own.
When disposing of the plastics that we don't need to the garbage cans, they have 3 different destinations. 79% ends up in our seas and environment lying, the 12% has been cremated and only the 9% of the plastics produced have been recycled today.
But, Why does that 79% end up in the seas? As they are not disposed of correctly (sorting the waste) or even if you have disposed of it correctly, many of them are thrown into natural landfills (the sea itself, earth pits, open fields, etc.) and the rest of the work is done by the winds. , rains and storms that are responsible for directing and bringing everything to the coasts.
Be part of the change
We, from home, can do many things to avoid the majority of the production of contamination with our waste:
- Act with your consumption! Do it responsibly and sustainably. Do not buy products if you do not need them. Choose greener alternatives for food, cleaning products, day-to-day products. There are many products and companies that offer them.
- In general, it reduces all types of consumption. Change the culture of Use and throw.
- Reduces the consumption of plastics. These are lethal and do a lot of damage to our seas. On average, it takes more than 200 years for a plastic object to decompose, eventually becoming microplastics. Change your daily habits with the use of biodegradable products, such as tooth-brushes or bamboo straws of Brushboo.
- Classify your waste as best as possible. And if you can, reuse and recycle the waste you have at home yourself.
Let's save the oceans together!