By Brenda V. 12th grade, San Pedro High School
Have you or someone you know ever wondered about the important role that marine life plays upon our planet? The ocean is around 139.7 million square miles which means it covers about 70.9% of Earth’s surface, but what does that mean? How does the ocean regulate our world and shape it into the society it is today?
BREATHE: The ocean produces more than half of the world’s oxygen and absorbs 50 times more carbon dioxide than the atmosphere. If it can do that task alone then you can show a bit of care for it by keeping our precious blue waters clean.
REGULATE: The oceans that make up 70% of the Earth’s surface which gives them the purpose of transferring heat from the equator to the poles; this helps them regulate climate and weather patterns.
TRANSPORTATION: 76% of all U.S. trade includes some form of ocean transportation. The benefits of this consist of shipping by large volumes at low costs as well as promoting an Eco-friendly way of moving things across the world.
BENEFITS: From fishing to boating, kayaking and whale watching, the sea offers many unique activities, it really does have therapeutic properties. On top of this, many jobs in the U.S. rely on the ocean economy since it produces $282 billion in goods and services. It also has ocean-dependent businesses employing almost 3 million people.
FOOD: The sea serves simple yet very resourceful ingredients such as amazing foods like peanut butter and soy milk. On top of that, not only does it give us a great amount of nutrition but it also promotes a great food diet such as veganism, vegetarianism, etc!
MEDICINE: Many ingredients that are found in medicines come from the sea. These things that are so simple yet reliable can almost always help fight cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease.
MARINE LIFE: Many creatures depend and live in the Ocean. Without them, the significance of our planet would be really low. They help keep our planet in shape with the way they regulate their ecosystem and deserve respect for their hard work.
The important factors that marine life brings among us is all listed above but you too are also an important piece because you need to keep it alive! The ocean may be large and mighty but society still needs to care for it. If the ocean can help your lungs inhale and exhale air, adjust temperature for you, transport goods you want, keep you entertained, feed you, keep you healthy and make you remember about the small things like sea mammals and its peaceful beaches then clean it up! If the ocean can save the world then we as people should save the ocean from filth.