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World Oceans Day 2010

When I asked my colleagues to take a moment away from their daily routine and think about our Oceans and suggest ways by which we could preserve them, I expected some silly replies like “we are not oceanographers” or “we have other technical issues to discuss”. But to my surprise, they were all actually quite worried about the current environmental issues and they actively participated in a discussion on this subject. Bobcares has always been proud of its human assets, now I know why!! They are not merely techies, but socially responsible individuals who worry about the greens of the land and blues of the oceans fading away. Read on to find out more about what we talked about.

As we know oceans cover about two-thirds of the Earth’s surface and help to create the atmosphere in which plants, humans and animals can live. They are the planet’s life-support system, consuming carbon dioxide and producing between one-third and one-half of the world’s oxygen. Secondly, these great bodies of water impact our weather and climate. Finally, as home to thousands of species of fishes and invertebrates, oceans provide an important part of the global food chain. Both marine mammals and humans depend heavily on healthy fishes and healthy fishes and healthy oceans for food. People are dependent on the ocean for food, oxygen, medicines and more. Unless the oceans remain healthy, whales, dolphins, other marine mammals – and even people – will not survive.

But sad to say our oceans are under severe threat – pollution, global warming, and over fishing are driving down fish stocks and marring the beauty of the sea. The ocean should be protected out of respect and the intrinsic right marine creatures have to live. Yet for those not buying these reasons for ocean conservation, there are plenty of economic and biological reasons humans need the sea.

The ocean is an exciting place filled with unusual creatures. However, beyond its intrinsic beauty the sea is also vital to human health. People are dependent on the ocean for food, oxygen, medicines and more. Studying this vast habitat and working to protect it should be important not only to marine biology students and environmentalists, but to anyone who breathes, eats, or ever gets sick. There are plenty of reasons to protect the ocean. Here are 5 rules you can follow from today to protect our Oceans.

  • Save the big fishes like Whales and Sharks
  • Say not to drilling and oil pollution
  • Offer relief to Coral reefs.
  • Lower Carbon footprint and avoid plastic
  • Reduce the fish consumption or eat sustainable fish

Every World Oceans Day has a theme, and this years theme is “Oceans of Life.” The Ocean Project who sponsors the day, would like to encourage everyone to pick a favorite sea animal, and then act to protect it ”Pick your favorite – Protect your favorite”. Pick a favorite marine life and to help protect it. This is a really great idea because too often, it’s easy to miss the crucial connections between the things you love the most in the oceans and how they’re affected by what you do. So if you love dolphins, it’s crucial to make safe and responsible choices in the seafood you buy and if your love is for coral reefs, you can support organizations that work to protect and conserve them.

The Oceans form a major part of the Earths Ecosystem. It is extremely important that all parts of an Eco-system function optimally, the failure of any one will bring the whole system down. Many refer to the Earth as “The Blue Planet”, just remember, its the Oceans that gave us that name.


About the Authors:

Niphin Mohan and Anjitha U. work on the Customer Relations desk at Bobcares.

Co-Authored by Hamish O. Lawrence


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