World Oceans Day gives us the opportunity to recognize what the oceans are in our life and to further support the conservation efforts locally/ worldwide. The holiday was first proposed by Canada in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It now has been recognized by the United Nations since 2008.
What are the Oceans from a basic perspective?
Water – the oceans are the largest bodies of water surrounding all our continents. It is the largest geographic feature that we all share. Now all these things are obvious, but we rarely realize how our impact on the oceans affects our neighboring continents.
Salt – this has been around since the beginning of time. It has been used for preservation of food and now has so many other uses: http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/stories/46-smart-uses-for-salt#
Sea Life – Under the surface is a whole new world. We have strived to explore this mysterious place since the 4th century BC when Aristotle described the first diving bell. Since then diving happens everyday in every country of the world. We have discovered a vast number of marine life, vegetation, coral, and even history of the past.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
What does the Ocean do for us:
· The ocean generates most of the oxygen we breath
· Provides ingredients to different medicines
· Helps regulate our climate
· Helps feed many communities world wide
· Allows us beautiful waves to surf
· Acts as a form of transportation
· Allow for economic growth
· And so many other benefits
One clue to how important the oceans are to our lives is the development of infrastructure. Almost every major city is near a coast or on a river that leads to the ocean. Shanghai, New York, Miami, San Francisco, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Cape Town, Sydney, Singapore, Dubai, Lisbon, London, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Panama, and Mumbai to name a few.
Today is the day to enjoy the beach, the ocean, your favorite wreck, reef, or cove. We are blessed to have the ocean and as a team we can ensure its preservation for centuries to come.
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