The ocean is our life force. It provides the air we breathe, the food the nourishes our bodies, brings us jobs and healthy livelihoods, and is a strong physical and spiritual healing source of inspiration and wonder for all of us. The ocean is in peril, we have lost so much life below those big blue waves in just a short period of time and if we aren’t cautious of our actions, we may hit a point of no return. We cannot take our ocean for granted. Below are 7 actions steps you can take to give back to the ocean today.
Sharks have been swimming in our oceans for more than 400 million years; they were here before the dinosaurs. Being the first vertebrate predators, they succeeded in refining their aptitude and power over millions of years of evolution, allowing them to hunt as top predators and keeping ecosystems in balance. Today their populations are declining and pose a serious threat to the health of our ocean.
As an ocean advocate and someone eager to see change and commitment for the protection of our marine ecosystems, I was very excited to be invited to the Global Oceans Dialogue organized by UN Environment and the Government of Costa Rica from 6-9 of June in Puntarenas, Costa Rica.
It's easy to get disillusioned or jaded when working in the conservation field. The feeling that no matter how hard you work to protect our environment, there will always be bigger and more powerful forces working against you.