OUR OCEAN, OUR FUTURE!
What comes to mind when you hear the word “Ocean”?
A beautiful large blue body of saline water where you can sail, swim or catch fishes? Alas, the Ocean is worth more than just a simple definition.
The world ocean composes much of the Earth’s hydrosphere and it is the life line of all known living thing because it forms part of the carbon cycle and influences climate change. The ocean is the ‘engine’ of life. Studies have shown that there exists about 230,000 known species in the ocean habitat, but since the ocean has not been totally explored, there could exists more than two million unknown species in the ocean. The ocean is a rich entity with various resources that are beneficial to human and the world at large. Some of these resources include the fishes we eat, the sea turtle, the sea birds, sea lion, crude oil and several minerals like salt, sand, potassium, iron, etc.
Like the age-long saying “Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime”, the importance of the ocean and its resources can never be undermined.
The most commonly known use of the ocean and its resources is for “Recreation and Food”. The ocean feeds billions of people, powers economies and regulates our climate. While swimming is one of the best ways to burn calories and maintain an excellent body fitness, the fishes and shell fishes are one of the healthiest and most sumptuous low calorie protein source. With over 250 billion of fishes caught every year, fish business serves as a major means of livelihood for many around the world. The fish scales just like the fishes are also vital, as they have overtime served as a vital ingredient in the make ups we use today. Some Physicists in India have also been able to create a battery-free generator out of fish scales, which provides electricity. There are many more uses of the ocean resources than man have ever known.
One of the major threats posed to the ocean body is “Pollution”. Waste (biodegradable and non- biodegradable) have been deposited in the ocean since humans sailed the seven seas. It is not a new sight to see people depositing various kinds of food wastes and human wastes in the ocean. Most of the waste in the ocean are majorly land based such as plastics, nylon bags, wrappers, and straws. Others threats to the ocean includes, loss of habitat and over-fishing. As this might have become a trend, it is noteworthy that the ocean body is a fragile entity and it definitely does react to these pollutions. Ocean pollution can be detrimental to humans, land/sea animals, plants and every living thing.
The reason you cast your net into the ocean and catch no fishes is because pollution makes the ocean unconducive for the fishes and this kills them. Not also forgetting that the ocean provides about 70% of the oxygen we breathe, ocean pollution can lead to air pollution that can cause health impediments to humans. Plastic pollution is choking our ocean and 80% of it is from land. Now oceans are at risk and we are to.
What happens if the Ocean seizes to exist?
If the ocean seizes to exist, human will also seize to exist because;
- There will be less breathable air which will lead to death
- Climate change is causing ocean acidification and threating the ocean’s ability to absorb carbon and regulate global climate.
- Since more than 250 billion pounds of fishes are caught every year, there undoubtedly will be global food shortage.
- There will be loss of biodiversity and tourism dollars which will lead to a decline in GDP.
How to help
- By cleaning and taking care of the ocean, we reduce the risk of ocean pollution.
- By protecting the marine wildlife like the sea turtles and sea birds.
- Because 3 billion people depend on sea foods as a primary source of protein, we should work more with fishermen to prevent over fishing and sustain the vital food source for future generation.
- Refuse to use plastic bags or disposable bottles/ single-use bottles and choose to use reusable cloth bags and refillable bottles.
- Talk to your friends, family, and foes about refusing, reducing, reusing, recycling and upcycling their plastic waste.
- Make a pledge to take the “No Plastic Beach” and “Take A Pass On Plastics” challenge.
- Share your commitment with us on our website by logging in to register, and on all our social media channels using the hashtags #NoPlasticBeach #TakeAPassOnPlastics #TidyNigeria #FabeNigeria for us to locate and share your commitment with the rest of the world.
What we are doing.
- We are sensitizing beach communities in Nigeria to reduce land based waste into ocean.
- We are training community women on how to recycle and upcycle their plastic waste and marine debris into biofuel.
- We are teaching their children and youths marine wildlife education.
- We are teaching their mates in schools how to help reduce pollution and marine wildlife education.
- We are helping their fisher men fish sustainably through education and providing alternative means of livelihood.
- We are engaging the whole community in a bi-monthly beach clean-up and sensitization program.
- We are helping to stop poaching of sea turtles and their eggs through sensitization and encouraging them to release back to the ocean.
- We are protecting sea turtle nesting areas.
- We are counting on supporters like you to help us safe guard the ocean we all depend on and for future generation. Help us take the challenge and register your commitment, by signing on to www.fabeinternational.org/register
Our Oceans are at risk, help us protect and defend marine wildlife.
Save Our Ocean, Save Our World.
The Ocean Is Our Future!
Happy World Oceans Day 2017
FABE International Foundation is a not-for-profit environmental health organization passionate about the establishment and improvement of an eco-conscious generation committed and dedicated to the restoration, conservation, environmental sustainability, and protection of the environment. Our mission is to promote environmental sustainability, by engaging our youths and women in the identification, exploration, and facilitation of sustainable eco-solutions to problems caused by the impacts of climate change, affecting the health and environment of people and biodiversity in Nigeria through advocacy, education, youth development, women empowerment, community engagement and participation.