3 weeks ago
The ocean gives us life. it gives us the air we breath, felt in the winds traveling over the seas and influences our weather patterns. it also gives us food, and after being untouched and unexploited for so long humans have found a way to industrialize the consumption of the ocean. i think, that because we couldn’t see into it maybe we couldn’t see the toll we were taking. we didn’t understand and we’ve hunted creatures we should have protected. we’ve caged the great predators of the ocean and taken their food. we’ve driven species to extinction, changed the entire climate of the planet and now we’re replacing fish with our plastic and trash. we depend on the ocean for life, so many things have to change for us to fix what we’ve done. the oceans are depleted, it’s easy to see. the fish are getting smaller and fewer faster and faster. bigger predators are starving and disappearing forever. this world oceans day i pledge to give up sea food. people have responded by saying that i could eat ethically or sustainably sourced seafood but the truth is it’s pretty hard to really know where or what your seafood is really coming from. but no one said it would be convenient or easy. that’s how we got into this in the first place, by valuing our convenience and ease over the long term. the truth is... you don’t get very far without making some form of sacrifice and if not eating sushi means maybe getting to see an orca alive and healthy in the wild then it’s worth it to me. imagine if so many more of us decided it was a luxury, imagine the impact that every one plus one could make. anyway, this world oceans day please try to make a commitment back to the planet that gives so much to us. ask for water no straw, write to your local restaurants, choose your products wisely. urge your leadership to represent you the way you want. engage in local politics, push for environmental reform. we want our marine sanctuaries! we want our national parks! switch to more renewable energy, line dry your clothes and use a dish rack. consider alternative, environmentally friendly modes of transportation. i’d also love more suggestions as well. please feel free to share them in comments!