Today as the world marks World Oceans Day, I found myself musing over the kind of relationship the world Oceans must have with Land. And the more I thought about it, the more I realized it must really be porous.
When I thought of water pollution and all the water “unfriendly” materials; the plastics and all the other foreign materials that find their way into the oceans and seas, I knew the Oceans must be real pissed off by land and all its inhabitants. The Oceans must be embroiled in a mega feud with its neighbor, Land, or Dry Surface as it was referred to by God during creation, according to the Bible.
Come to think of it, I would be mad at Land too, if I was the Ocean. Wouldn’t you?
Wouldn’t you hate someone who turned your home into a dumping site for all he or she has no more use for? Dumping in plastics that suffocate your kids, harmful industrial effluents that harm life in your home. Wouldn’t you hate a neighbor who directs sewerage into your home? Think about it for a moment and tell me you wouldn’t think of doing the worst to such a neighbor. Tell me the idea of drowning their arrogant asses wouldn’t cross your mind!
If there’s any such feud boiling on planet Earth, then the one to blame is not Land at all, but its inhabitants, led by the selfish humans. We the humans are the ones who keep dumping plastics, sewerage, and all the toxic industrial effluents, and not forgetting the oil spillage from water vessels and offshore drilling, into the oceans and seas, in the process harming the Ocean Ecosystem.
It is said that by the year 2050, plastics in the oceans will be more than the number of fish if something is not done urgently. We should all be worried.
Our human actions are the very reason behind Global Warming that has led to the rise in Earth Temperatures leading to the shrinking and thinning of land and sea ice in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. This has led to the rise in water levels in oceans and seas, directly affecting the lives of millions of people around the world. In fact it’s estimated that 80 years from now, a number of islands would totally be submerged.
So at the end of the day, it’s not just the ocean species at risk from the human actions, but ourselves, the humans as well.
With each forest you destroy, never forget that a certain community in some remote part of the world is being displaced by the ocean water. With every industrial effluents your company pumps into the ocean, a livelihood of some community in some part of the world is being lost.
A simple fisherman, so far away from your country is not going to provide for his or her family; they would starve or settle on begging for survival, a kid might not go to school for luck of fees and other basic needs.
That’s what Global Warming means at its basic level. When people here “Global Warming”, all they think about is the UN, UNEP, and other big words like the Ozone Layer, Greenhouse gases, and Infrared Radiation. And maybe if the crusaders of Global Warming used basic terms in their arguments and sensitization campaigns, then people would understand better and feel the need to do more to help save the planet.
Even world leaders like Donald Trump think Global Warming is a hoax. What a pity! The US president doesn’t believe in Global Warming and thinks it’s just a ploy to swindle rich nations like his. But his ARROGANCE and IGNORANCE aside, you can tell he lacks information about the Global Warming threat. And if a whole president can be naive on such a serious issue that threatens the planet, can you imagine the many people out there who remain outside the loop.
As humans, we need to do more to protect our planet, our home, for posterity. We need to protect our our oceans and seas for all the poor living organisms that call it home.
Let me ask you a question: what would you do if it was the ocean creatures the ones dirtying our land?