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
A 2015 study by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) surveyed 60 cities of India and estimated that in 2011-12 India generated approx. 26.000 tons of plastic waste daily. This is why India, the second most populous country in the world, will ban single-use plastic from 2 October, 2019. Single-use plastics (SUPs) are those that […] Read on...
Plastic waste is now so ubiquitous that not only are our oceans filled with it, but plastic particles have now been detected in the air high up on the Rocky Mountains of the United States, falling with the rain. How did it get there? Plastic micro-particles are so small they can be carried in water […] Read on...
8.3 billion tons—that is how much plastic has been produced worldwide since 1950, half of it in the last 13 years alone. But of all this plastic, only about 30 % is still in use, while the rest has been disposed of. For although 99 % of plastics are produced from the valuable and non-renewable resources of oil, natural gas and coal, plastic has become a cheap disposable product. 95 % of plastic packaging is used only once, after only one month half of the plastic has become waste. Of the approximately 6.3 billion tons of plastic discarded so far, only 9 % has been recycled (mostly downcycling to lower quality products), and 12 % has been incinerated, but 79 % has ended up in landfills or in the environment.
The seas and oceans connect all life on this planet. Therefore, let’s make a joint effort, so that future generations may also feed on the bounty of the sea and enjoy its beauty!
The oceans are the greatest water reservoir of the Earth and the fish of the oceans are the main source of nourishment for one billion people. However, the oceans today are far from being intact and clean. They and all the life within them are in great distress. On a daily basis we are poisoning this unique world more and more with stuff from our everyday lives that we no longer want, use excessively or use without thinking about the consequences. Are we even aware of this? We need the oceans and the oceans need us!
Water has so many different abilities and properties unlike any other element. It transports, conducts, cools, warms, cleans, informs, nourishes, absorbs, heals and quenches the thirst. Water is the basis of our lives and we are destroying it. When water is polluted and full of garbage, then the planet is ill and so are we.
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.