Do you know what the lungs of the world are?
If you still think the lungs of the world are the Amazon, you should keep reading.
No doubt, the Amazon is an essential place for the planet’s environmental balance, but there is another place, one that encompasses an even larger surface area, and with an even more important biodiversity: the oceans.
The oceans cover more than 70% of our planet, they produce more than 50% of the total oxygen, and absorb around 30% of the carbon dioxide produced by humans, attenuating the impacts of global warming.
And why is this? It’s because of the phytoplankton which floats in the oceans and generates at least half of the oxygen we breathe and in turn absorbs tons of carbon from the atmosphere.
This is why, the oceans are the heart of our planet and a great source of oxygen which allows us to breathe.
In addition, the ocean is key for world economies. It is estimated there will be 40 million workers in the whole ocean related sector by 2030, according to the UN (United Nations).
The United Nations has set a specific Goal for such an important issue: SDG 14. This goal, specifically seeks, to conserve the oceans and seas.
When you go swimming at a beach or in a river during these days, remember it is important to take care of them, that we depend on them. Don’t leave waste, nor dirty nor throw things into the sea and participate in keeping the beaches clean by removing the plastic you see in the water or on the sand.
Furthermore, try to make your visit have the least possible impact on the ecosystem and biodiversity. Appreciate the ocean without interfering with the wildlife and never remove rocks or coral. Never throw things into the sea.
Take care of the oceans and seas, our present and future depend on it.