“If current rates of temperature rise continue, the ocean will become too warm for coral reefs by 2050.” – source, Living Blue Planet Report 2015, WWF
For those of us that spend considerable time diving the world’s oceans & reefs, this prediction is depressing in the extreme. Yet it is only one consequence of our ongoing negligence when it comes to the management of our most precious asset on Earth.
Our oceans are under assault from a variety of stressors, including plastic pollution, overfishing and unsustainable tourism. Many (if not most) of these threats are man-made. It’s time we took a serious look at how we can undo the damage caused by our own drive to commoditize every square inch of our seas.
As a diver and conservationist, I was already aware of the gravity of these issues. And still, I was left shocked after reading WWF’s Living Blue Planet Report. The good news is that there is much we can do to change course and restore the health of our oceans. Change starts locally, and it starts with you. Even if you don’t dive, sail, swim, surf or otherwise enjoy watersports, your daily living and well-being are tied to our oceans in almost unimaginable ways. Please take the time to read the report and learn about what you can do to help protect 75% of our planet.