Simple Pleasure #45: The Ocean Kissing My Toes
Really that says it all. I’m so lucky to have the ocean 5 blocks from my house. And every few days I have to visit the ocean and have the water kiss my toes… it brings me great joy… another simple pleasure. The ocean is the sound of the earth breathing, it’s mother natures lungs. Ebb and flow – breathe in and out. Same thing. We must be grateful for what the ocean is for us and what it provides. More than 97% of our planets water is contained in the ocean. Crazy. Some other facts:
- Water pressure at the deepest point in the ocean is more than 8 tons per square inch, the equivalent of one person trying to hold 50 jumbo jets!!
- Fish supply the greatest percentage of the world’s protein consumed by humans.
- Eighty per cent of all pollution in seas and oceans comes from land-based activities. Come on people, we’ve got to do our part.
- Plastic waste kills up to 1 million sea birds, 100,000 sea mammals and countless fish each year. Plastic remains in our ecosystem for years harming thousands of sea creatures everyday. Stop using plastic water bottles! Buy a Klean Kanteen already (simple pleasure #62).
- Although coral reefs comprise less than 0.5% of the ocean floor, it is estimated that more than 90 per cent of marine species are directly or indirectly dependent on them. And… Nearly 60% of the world’s remaining reefs are at significant risk of being lost in the next three decades.
- Studies show that protecting critical marine habitats — such as warm-and cold-water coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangroves — can dramatically increase fish size and quantity.
- Less than one half % of marine habitats are protected — compared with 11.5% of global land area. That’s a ridiculous percentage for both but I was shocked that only 11.5% of global land area is protected. I expected more.
Facts found at www.savethesea.org. Anyhow, hopefully this inspires you to do your part to keep the ocean (and all of it’s inhabitants) healthy and beautiful.
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