Our oceans - our world

P.D. PadmasiriStarred Page By P.D. Padmasiri, 24th Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2ytivl4k/
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We think we know the sea, but in fact we don't because it is one of the vast mystery we are yet to unravel fully. Scientists know more about other planets more than they know about the depths of the seas. It is an ocean of opportunities. It is incumbent on every single person to save it for our future generation.

Ocean and our life

Water covers more than 75 percent of the Earth. Why we should strive to protect the oceans? We have a short answer. Because they give us life. Oceans are where life forms first appeared on Earth billions of years ago. What is most important is that we carry a bit of the sea in our very bodies in a sort of homage to primordial life. Our cellular make-up is very similar to the chemical composition of sea water. In a figurative sense, we are never far from the sea. The oceans are home to phytoplankton, which release oxygen during the process of photosynthesis, the process of conversion of of sunlight to energy. Thus, the oceans generate most of the oxygen we breathe. It is this oxygen which literally gives life to organisms in and off the seas. In this process, the oceans play vital role to sustain circle of live on the earth. Oceans help to regulate our climate as well.

Exploring and understanding oceans

It will take thousands of more years to fully understand and explore the oceans, but a start has to be made somewhere. The best day to focus on the importance of our oceans and to take action on critical issues affecting the oceans is the World Oceans day which falls on 8th of June each year. This day helps raise awareness on the problems faced by our oceans and compel governments and individuals to take immediate steps to protect our seas. The United Nations official declared in 2009 that World Ocean Day would be held on June 8 each year. Our oceans are at great danger and are in a state of "silent collapse" threatening entire world as our food supply, marine economies, recreation and the natural legacy we leave our children.

Save oceans - our collective approach

Oceans are main source of food to billions of people. We are familiarized with all types of seafood being islanders. There is a crying need to protect our seas irrespective of all petty differences such as racial, international or commercial backgrounds. Especially, from the youth from coastal communities. They are probably the best agents to spread the message on the importance of protecting the oceans because they have a close affinity to the sea. People even in landlocked countries can have access to fresh seafood. We should not forget that around 500 million people worldwide depend on the sea for a living, directly or indirectly. It is estimated that per capita consumption of fish worldwide is nearly 20 Kg. annually whilst around 90 million tonnes of fish are harvested annually from all seas worldwide. However, little noticed by many, the harvesting of aquatic plants (seawead) is also a growing industry.

Extinction of sea fish

According to latest findings, some fish species in deep seas may face extinction if fishing goes on at the current rates. The global catch of wild fish leveled off over 20 years ago and 70 percent of the world's fisheries are being harvested at capacity or are in decline or fast dwindling. This is where sustainable fishing comes in. Individuals can make a difference by avoiding fish placed on endangered lists. The other important factor for protecting the oceans is their sheer biodiversity. More new species are being discovered from the depths of the seas virtually every day, most of them quite bizarre. There could possible be tens of thousands of ocean species waiting to be discovered by scientists. Scientists believe that some of these species could have genetic properties that could be used for even medicinal purposes as well. We have to go a long way before we discover all the species inhabit the seas.

Over exploitation

The human activities are taking a terrible toll on the world's oceans and seas. Vulnerable marine ecosystems such as corals and important fisheries are being damaged by over exploitation, destructive fishing practices, invasive alien species and marine pollution. This trend is further worsening with increased sea temperatures, sea-level rise and ocean acidification caused by climate change pose a further threat to marine life, coastal and island communities and national economies. These apart, smuggling of illegal drugs and the trafficking of persons by sea are further examples of how criminal activities threaten the peace and security of the oceans. The existing legal framework to crack down hard on this type of activities must be further heightened at international level. Governments alone cannot protect the oceans and it is left to you to do your bit for the health of the oceans.

Your responsibility

The youth in this effort can take a lead role in all initiatives. Don't pollute sea and overtax its precious resources. Make it a practice to clean up the beach after your visit. Don't leave or throw away any rubbish, plastics or polythene on the beach. Keep away from buying any products made out of marine species or structures.

Message to all

Act responsibly and enjoy serenity of ocean when you relax or play in the water. Learn more and give this message to others about the oceans how they can be protected. Come forward and join hands together to protect our seas tomorrow and many more years to come!

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Climate, Climate Change, Commitment, Exploitation, Geographical, Geography, Maritime Climate, Ocean Life, Oceans, Planet, Predators, Shipping, Shipping Interantionaly

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author avatar P.D. Padmasiri
I am from Weedagama, Bandaragama, SRI LANKA, HR Manager by profession and have 17 years of experience in my chosen field. I am interested in writing on Buddhism, Spiritual advancement, Nature etc.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
25th Aug 2011 (#)

Super, I come from a family of lobster men and fishermen...truly a great article, thank you!

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author avatar P.D. Padmasiri
25th Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you very much Delicia for lovely comments and all encouragement and note your remarks with much delight. Best regards

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author avatar Buzz
25th Aug 2011 (#)

I applaud your article. PD, for the environmental concerns it raised.

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author avatar P.D. Padmasiri
25th Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you very much for comments and your concern about environment and the world. Best regards

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author avatar P.D. Padmasiri
25th Aug 2011 (#)

P.S. - Thank you Buzz for all your encouraging remarks all the time.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
25th Aug 2011 (#)

Excellent article. I love that poeple really do care to have a go at those who want to pollute our beautiful planet. Well-said. You're a STAR PAGER too. Well done.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
25th Aug 2011 (#)

Great star page. Wonderful coverage of this topic, and great advice for us to follow. Thank you P. D.

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author avatar P.D. Padmasiri
25th Aug 2011 (#)

I am delighted to have your comments and thank you very much for reading it with my message to all concerned. Good luck, Steve

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author avatar P.D. Padmasiri
25th Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you very much for encouraging comments and also for special concern to keep our world unpolluted and also in its pristine beauty forever. Good luck Sheila

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author avatar Humza
26th Aug 2011 (#)

great topic, brialliant write and beautiful pictures!
thnx alot for the wake up call and thnx alot for following

thnx for sharing :)

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author avatar P.D. Padmasiri
26th Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you very much Humza and all your encouraging comments are very much appreciated. Best regards

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author avatar Songbird B
1st Sep 2011 (#)

Excellent article, PD, and incredible images, no wonder this was a worthy Star Page.. Great work my friend...well done.

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author avatar White haired one
3rd Sep 2011 (#)

Wonderful article, thoughful and well written
thank you WHO

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