Before our ancestors left footprints on the ground, they surfed currents of our oceans. In the deep blue darkness they breathed, lived and thrived. Little did they know that millions of years later their predecessors will destroy their homes.
How exactly? A study published in the Global Biogeochemical Cycles detected that by 2030 the worlds oceans will experience a loss in oxygen. This means that fish stocks will die as it gets harder to breathe. Certain parts of the oceans will become barren.
The scary part is that it’s nothing new. We know that 250 million years ago, 90% of Earth’s species were killed in the ‘Great Dying‘. Those events were linked to low levels of oxygen in oceans. While the Earth did recover, it took an entire five million years for oxygen levels to be replenished.
Unfortunately, our love for growth is causing climate change and global warming. While we develop our shores, we also kill forests, raise temperatures and utilize resources like we won’t need them tomorrow.
As Hermes Trismegistus once said “As above, so below”. If our oceans are a mirror, then they’re definitely reflecting our ugliness. Modern civilization is wrecking havoc on Earth. Our hunger for more raises temperatures and leads to mass extinctions.
After millions of years of evolution, a recovery and new beginnings, we are back to where we started – on the verge of a new ‘Great Dying’. Can these findings be a call to action or are we too far gone to care?
Regardless, we must try to reverse the course of history. However small the action or the change, we need to be headed in that direction. Whether it means going vegetarian for a month, buying locally grown or organic, starting somewhere is a good idea.
Since no man is an island, having a team around you to inspire and motivate might help. For me, that team is made of like-minded individuals. Entrepreneurs, doers, appreciators of simplicity, and believers in the magic of nature. These individuals understand that Earth is our home. Not just the shores, but also the oceans. Though we don’t live in the waters anymore, we still need them.
We need to be realistic, but should stay optimistic. To help change our oceans, we must start by improving things on land: planting more vegetation and lowering CO2 emissions. Wasting less food and water, and keeping our soils rich in nutrients to support growth.
If you have tips to share, please do. We need a lot of people who care!
In the meantime, just keep swimming, just keep breathing.
Cheers to finding our inner Nemo!