Wouldn’t you think the universe is just too big for just one race? Just one planet with living things? Isn’t that awful waste of space?
Well, if you look into the data gathered by the good folks from Kepler Space Observatory, they believed there may be more than 2 billion planets that are capable for supporting life. The researchers added these planets may be like Earth—having a temperature that’s not too cold and not too hot; thus, allowing life to flourish.
Isn’t it cool to know we’re not truly alone in the vastness of space? Imagine meeting these extraterrestrial beings someday. But as cool as it may sound, there’s just one problem, and it will fizzle your amazement. Our nearest neighbor may be billions of lightyears away. With our current technology, it might be impossible to get in touch with them in this lifetime.
So it’s safe to assume this planet is the only one we got. Yet we take it for granted.
Earth is our only home. We depend on it for our existence. But at present, we are experiencing a climate crisis. With a growing number of pollutants around the world, this problem is growing exponentially.
One of the biggest environmental issues concerns our oceans. Why should we take an interest in our seas? It is home to many algae and animal species—both are sources of nourishment for us humans. The oceans also comprise about 96 percent of our planet’s water.
Despite its sheer immensity, we still managed to pollute our oceans. Would you believe there are over 250,000 tons of plastic material floating in our seas? Which is why we see majestic whales washing up on the shores with bellies full of plastic.
Plastic appears everywhere on land. But what’s unfortunate is that it has found its way into our seas. This has an impact throughout the marine environment. Because of its buoyancy and durability, plastic seems to weather on the rough oceans. As a result, many bays and gulfs are closed off by plastic due to the material’s accumulation.
When marine life is exposed to plastic, the effects are catastrophic. Ingestion of plastic by marine animals as well as entanglement of fauna are highly documented. There’s also the absorption of pollutants derived from the plastic pieces and into animals, which can cause massive damage to the overall marine ecosystem. Most of the damage are irreversible; if reversible, may take a long time for the ecology to recover.
4 Simple Ways to Help Save Our Seas
1. Stop Drinking Water from Plastic Bottles.
Did you know it takes 450 years for a single water plastic bottle to degrade? Multiply that by millions of plastic bottles used every day around the world. Can you just imagine the damage it can cause? So think twice about drinking from disposable plastic bottles. Stick with stainless steel water containers instead.
This also includes disposable cups and straws. You might want to rethink your use of these plastic materials.
2. Cigarette Butts in the Bin.
Would you believe there are about 4.5 trillion cigarette butts littered around the world every year? A single cigarette butt contains chemical ingredients, which can be harmful to all life. When exposed to these chemicals, marine animals can die. So throw those butts in a bin, not on the floor.
3. Paper Over Plastic.
When shopping for your groceries, opt for paper bags over plastic. If possible, bring your own bag. It’s one easy way to reduce your own carbon footprint while avoiding plastic use.
4. Participate in Organizations and Activities That Aim to Save Marine Life.
Donate your time or resources to groups or activities aimed at tackling these important issues on marine life. Help save our seas.