Oceans in Peril

Man’s fascination with our mother ocean stretches back as far as human history itself.

ancient-ocean-travelersCan you imagine, thousands of years ago,as the first humans stood on the African coast and looked out at the mighty blue ocean crashing onto the shores of their continent? Can you imagine the awe, the sense of wonder, and even the fear it instilled?

Even today, many are awestruck by the sheer power and majesty of our ocean. Most of us have experienced some emotional reaction to it, whether it be one of hypnotic calm or one of feeling minuscule by comparison. The ocean has a place carved deep within the human psyche as a place of adventure, danger, and beauty all in one.

It’s impossible to say exactly when humans began exploring the oceans. The truth is, it probably began long before any written records could detail. We don’t know what early voyages ended up at the bottom of our mother ocean, or how the early Polynesian people, for example, got to the islands of the Pacific.

In more modern times, the history of ocean exploration comes to light in the form of books, scrolls, and records. We can read the records of early English expeditions into the unknown in search of the spice islands, and Chinese exploration of Asia and the Pacific.

What these tell us is that men from all walks of life, from aristocrats to nomads, to military men and adventurers have been driven by a deep and undeniable desire to explore and know our ocean.

Yet, sadly, today our mother ocean is in great peril. While the news and media make a great deal of fuss about climate change, and rightly so, a relatively unknown crisis unfolds in our ocean, which if not addressed, will literally lead to the extinction of mankind and much life on earth.

We can’t let this happen. Without a healthy, functioning ocean, human beings can not continue to exist on earth. We depend on her for everything, and it is only when she is damaged beyond repair that we will come to realize this fact. All life on earth, from the crops growing in your field to the birds flying in the sky, depend on a healthy ocean for their existence, even if not directly.

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Wouldn’t it be a shame if we let the ocean die? What would those early humans say about us if we killed off the source of all life in search of greater profits and temporary convenience? What would the ancient vagabonds who took to the seas in search of something new say if they witnessed us destroying the global body of water upon which we depend entirely and which caused such a sense of majesty in them?

Time is running out for our mother ocean. We’ve got to do something. We can all make a difference by altering our lifestyles in seemingly small and insignificant ways. If we all make small changes, they will soon add up to be great things.

As an old ancient Chinese proverb said: “A great vessel is filled drop by drop”. So too are great efforts made of small ones.

We don’t have a choice but to make those efforts. Our oceans don’t need us, but rather, we need them.

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