January 11th, 2014
There are many issues that we as humans are currently faced with. Sylvia Earle brings to light many of those issues. Her work should be looked at closely by all as it stresses the importance of a clean ocean. There are many things that we need to change in our everyday lifestyle if we want to live in an unpolluted environment. Several major issues to consider are the amount of Polychlorinated
Biphenyls (PCB 's) that have been found in mammals and the harmful toxins that we have contributed to the environment over time.
PCB 's are currently playing a huge role in the bad effects happening to marine life. PCB 's are contaminating the water and because they are not water-soluble, …show more content…
The sea mammals have been known to contain 10 million times more PCB 's in their fat than in the oceans themselves. Earle stresses in her research for us as humans to make changes with the way we live in order to cut down the amount of pollution that gets added to our oceans. The PCB 's and oil polluting the sea are getting put in the water used to drink from and the fish that are consumed in everyday life. “The ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone, everywhere, is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent on the existence of the sea” (17) The pollution from the human species is ruining the homes of the organisms living in the ocean. Consequently, several marine life are dying off, becoming extremely sick, or even becoming extinct. In order for the human race to keep thriving we must change our ways to reduce the amount of pollution in the sea. (Pollution 2013)
Oil is one of the many resources being dumped into the ocean. Approximately 8.8 million tons of oil get into the ocean every year, as well as 280,000 tons of tar balls. Our oceans are not …show more content…
Because oxygen is created by our oceans, the human species will eventually become extinct. (Pollution 2013)
Small changes to our every day life can make a huge difference for the safety of our oceans.
There are many things we can do to reduce pollution such as, recycling and/or reusing plastic, paper, glass, and aluminum, the correct disposal of engine oils and deadly chemicals, reducing the usage of water, and decreasing the use of plastic. “There are many ways to make a difference for the ocean, from making better choices about what fish to consume—or not—to replacing fertilizer-hungry, pesticideintensive lawns with gardens or native trees and flowers.” (Earle 21) The ocean provides a primary protein source for many people people. Over fishing exhausts the supply of the fish past the point of recovery. There is an estimated 10 million fishers world wide who depend on fishing as a source of income. Between pollution and over fishing, our marine life is depleted causing a dramatic decrease in our human economy. (Save Our Seas 2003-2014)
To conclude, I agree with Sylvia Earle that repairing the damage we have done to