What with many political parties around the world avoiding the subject of protecting the environment, we are left with an ever increase in pollutions not just in the atmosphere, but also in the oceans. It is important to raise our children in respecting nature and all elements within it, and to teach them why it is important to protect our planet in order to protect ourselves.
Human activities and how they influence oceans
With so much pollution going on, our oceans are the first to suffer. Oil spillages, intensive fishing and the effect of climate change that is human-induced take their toll on the oceans. They are our largest reservoir of water and supply us with the carbon that is so much need be any form of life. They also provide us with half the oxygen we need, yet we fail to see how we influence them, and how we are destroying not only the natural environment, but also ourselves.
The climate change we have triggered is also caused by our activities that influence the oceans. We spill waste and harmful pollutants, build constructions in coastal regions, and destroy marine life by irrational fishing and recreational boating.
Raising the next generation
It is important to teach our children about oceans and why they are so valuable to us, so that they may grow up respecting them, and maybe even dedicate themselves to studying and protecting them. Our kids should know that seafood may be healthy, but it is not the only benefit we have from oceans.
The air we breathe, the weather we are experiencing every day are all influenced by oceans, and a balanced biosphere requires oceans to be healthy. Our kids should learn about the effects we have on oceans, and as they grow up, they may start asking themselves if their actions are harming the oceans or not and if there’s anything they can do about it.
We spend so little on education, yet so much on industry and war. We should start creating educational programs and teach oceanography, among other sciences to children. That way, they will be able to help our planet and make it better by understanding oceans, all processes that happen within them, and how they interact with the atmosphere and continents.
Only be understanding how oceans work, will they be able to find solutions to the environmental problems that threaten our very way of life. Oceanology is a vital component that may aid us in reversing the destruction we have caused the planet so far.