Why care about the oceans?

  • 21 June 2012 | Lyn Britz

Sea World staff ride their bicycles to work.

Not many people realise that carbon emissions are harming the oceans. The oceans and climate are very closely linked. Marine animals are very vulnerable to climate change.

Excess carbon dioxide is absorbed by the oceans, causing them to become warmer and more acidic. This harms the animals and plants in the oceans. As the sea warms up, sea ice melts, causing sea levels to rise and this affects low lying coastal communities. These changes are happening more rapidly than during any time previously, giving less time for species to adapt.

 

Why should I care?

 

Each one of us is connected in the world wide web of life. We all, directly or indirectly, depend on healthy oceans for our survival – from the rain that falls, to the temperatures that we experience and the food that we eat. All this is dependent on the normal functioning of the oceans.
Human activities are contributing to the increase in greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.

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