Good evening, all.
It seems like it has been many millions of years since I last wrote a blog post. A lot has happened in the last two weeks and I am finally starting to work it all out and steer life in the right direction again.
But tonight, I want to talk to you about the ocean. Now, oceans occupy over 70% percent of our planets surface, and about 97% of the Earth’s water can be found in the ocean. Less than 10% of the ocean has been explored by humans and the average depth is 2.5 miles. Our oceans are incredible and take up a huge part of this planet. Around 230,000 different species have been found in our oceans, but if you consider the fact that humans have explored only a mere 10%, there are many more millions of beautiful creatures out there that are yet to be found. Since you’re now aware of how immense our oceans are, I am going to tell you a couple of harsh and saddening facts:
- For every ONE pound of fish caught, up to FIVE pounds of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as “by-kill”.
- Most of the world’s major fisheries are far beyond sustainable maximum yield levels.
- 60% of our remaining reefs are at significant risk of being lost within three decades (just THIRTY years)!
- The 2010 Marine Life census estimated that over 90% of large fish has vanished from our oceans primarily due to overfishing.
- Our oceans may be fishless by 2048. That is in our very own lifetimes.
If the oceans die, we die. – Captain Paul Watson
Not only are we fishing our oceans to the brink of collapse, but human consumption of meat as well as other animal products and bi-products, is also having a thoroughly devastating impact on the sea. Animal agriculture operations produce ENORMOUS amounts of waste that pollute streams, rivers and the oceans. Run-off such as pesticides, fertilisers, animal waste, hormones, and antibiotics pollute the water also. Methane emissions from factory farms are a significant contributor to climate change and ocean acidification. This creates dead zones, and this is exactly as it sounds; areas in the ocean that have absolutely no life. In these dead zones, marine life cannot be supported due to depleted oxygen. Nearly 400 dead zones ranging in size from one square kilometre to over 70,000 square kilometres have now been identified worldwide.
By going vegan, you can:
- Save nearly 600 gallons of water a day which is about the equivalent of 2 months worth of showers.
- Decrease demand for meat and other animal products, therefore decreasing the pollution in our oceans drastically.
- Do your part in preventing overfishing of our oceans.
- And much, much more.
Becoming vegan is the most important and direct change we can immediately make to save the planet and it’s species. – Chris Hedges
We have to save this incredible planet that we call home, otherwise we are going to find ourselves very lost in the near future.