“If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” John Lewis
The ocean is in danger. Climate change is warming the earth and as it warms, icebergs are melting and sea levels are rising, causing flooding and more diverse weather. The warming sea is also destroying eco-systems and habitats that marine life need to grow and survive. Just a one degree increase in sea temperature causes coral reefs to bleach. Two thirds of the Great Barrier Reef has now gone. Vast eco systems need protecting because the livelihoods of the people who live beside them are at stake as well the people who rely on fish as their main source of protein.
Without the protection of marine life, a switch to sustainable fishing methods and a global commitment to climate change initiatives, a third of a billion people may soon not have enough to eat. We need the ocean. It is often referred to as ‘the lungs of the earth’ as half the air we breathe, (or put another way – every second breath we take) we owe to the ocean and its ability to absorb harmful carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. If we don’t make changes, who will? If we don’t decide to make them now, then when will be ‘too late’?
These are sadly some of the most endangered species in the ocean.