Care2 Earth Month: Back to Basics
This year, Care2 decided to expand Earth Day into Earth Month, since there is so much to explore when it comes to the environment. Every day in April, we’ll have a post about some of the most important topics for the environment, exploring and explaining the basics. It’s a great tool to help you get started with helping the environment or help explain it to others. See the whole series here.
Ocean. The word conjures up images of vast blue water, of sandy beaches or rocky juts of coastline where water permanently crashes in rhythmic thunderous waves, soaking us in salty mist. The oceans are where all life began on our planet, and where the most biodiversity of any habitat still exists. The oceans feed us and sustain us, nourish our bodies and our souls, support the very life on this earth.
But for how long? Their very vastness led mankind to believe that the oceans were invulnerable, able to absorb all of our mistakes, all of our unwanted messes, and that these messes would simply disappear, never to be seen again. But the hard truth is, our oceans are not invulnerable. They are, in fact, at risk. In the last 100 years, the changes in our oceans are visibly noticeable — and time is running out before we destroy it all.
97% of the water on earth at any given moment is in the ocean. The water does go through cycles of evaporation, rainfall, then eventual return to the sea through any number of paths. Free running fresh water, the water you and I use every day in our taps, that industry uses in its operations, accounts for less than 1% of all the water on the planet — and all of that water eventually returns to the ocean. But in what state? And what do we do with it when it’s there?
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