The seas and oceans connect all life on the planet. They account for more than seven tenths of the Earth’s surface, that’s 361 million square kilometers. They form a unique ecosystem and are home to countless animal and plant species: 80% of the Earth’s creatures live in the sea. The worldwide climatic balance is determined significantly by the oceans, because they fulfil an important task for the global material cycles such as the carbon cycle and the nitrogen cycle. The sea is the biggest converter of CO2, of which the algae produce two thirds of the Earth’s oxygen. You could certainly argue that two out of three breaths you take originate from the sea! And for more than a billion people marine creatures are the only source of protein.
In addition, the seas are the reservoir in which fresh water is continually purified by the salt and again brought into circulation. Only 2.6% of the global water supplies are available to human beings in the form of consumable fresh water.
The existence of the seas, the largest habitat on our planet, is threatened in many ways by the actions of humans. Massive pollution, extreme overfishing, thoughtless fishing methods, whaling and dolphin hunting, which today are still systematically practiced by several nations, are bringing thousands of threatened species to the brink of extinction. Specifically protecting the oceans and their inhabitants is therefore one of our most important concerns.
- Every day be thankful for the water you have at your disposal.
- Use environmentally safe washing and cleaning detergents for your laundry, dishes and for cleaning.
- Choose foods from natural production in your locality, because the harmful substances used in conventional agriculture contaminate the waters and, in the end, the sea… more
The oceans are where life begins. They cover two-thirds of the globe and give it its nickname, the blue planet. The oceans are full of glorious life, from coral reefs and colourful fish, to plants and crustaceans, from microorganisms to large ocean-crossing sea mammals. The sea water, because of its salt, acts as a purifier for the water that ends up back in the ocean. We are just like the oceans: our bodies are two-thirds water, and we need a little salt in our drinking water to help us stay healthy. Read on...
Earth Day has been celebrated worldwide. Under the patronage of The World Foundation for Natural Science through numerous activities like, for example, lectures or information booths, various aspects of our wonderful planet have been highlighted. This great commitment for Mother Earth has been documented for you with pictures. Read on...
Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd every year in over 175 countries and it enhances appreciation of our natural environment. It is also supposed to make us rethink our consumer behaviour. Read on...
A life without plastic? Difficult to imagine: Where we look, whatever we do, whether we play, work, eat or undergo medical treatment – plastic is our always present, practical companion. As material, plastic offers convincing advantages: It is easy to shape and dye, can be soft and hard, is low density and is therefore light and is resistant to acid and caustics. Also it is comparably cheap. It is, however, these seemingly pleasant qualities that are causing a global problem. A problem of an extent far beyond our imagination.