World Oceans Day 2016

It’s World Ocean Day today, and I’m feeling optimistic about the well deserved attention this day has been getting!

Here’s the deal. We need the Oceans, and we need the oceans for more reasons than you might imagine. Contrary to common belief, oceans provide more than a place to swim, ride a catamaran, or a sandy beach to help you work on your tan in paradise. All valid. But there’s more.

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Me diving in the Red Sea

We need oceans to Breathe

Not only do oceans generate half of the oxygen we breathe, but they also absorb one third of human caused CO2 emissions, helping to reduce the impact of climate change. The oceans are trying to save us! They help sustain our existence on this planet that we have been so actively trying to destroy.

Food

According to nature.org “besides seafood… Ocean ingredients, like algae and kelp, are used in making peanut butter beer, soymilk and frozen foods”. So.. Yum!

Medicine

oceans are a source of new medicines helping us to combat cancer, pain and bacterial diseases, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, viruses and other diseases.

Latest Awesomeness!

There is a whole world out there of people contributing in wonderful ways, but I want to bring 2 projects to your attention that are helping clean up our majestic oceans.

 

Seabin project

This is a wonderful invention created by an Australian product designer who set out on a mission to clean up the oceans. The Seabin is literally a bin that sucks all of the crap floating around in, while sifting water out. But he tells his story better:

Edible 6-pack rings by Saltwater Brewery

We’ve all head about the dangers of plastic packaging floating around in the ocean and killing marine life, so a small Brewery in Florida took matter into their own hands. They’ve created edible, and biodegradable 6-pack rings which will not harm marine life, but actually provide a healthy food source! These guys make a good point in the video, that if more of the larger players were on board, the cost of manufacturing these edible rings will drop. Making this way of production the norm and not the exception.

 

More “fun” facts:

 

#WorldOceansDay2016

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One thought on “World Oceans Day 2016

  • June 8, 2016 at 12:38 pm
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    Love this post! Oceans are awesome!

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