The Ocean

I recently saw Sylvia Earle. Every time I hear her talk I am transported back to my days in California. I used to wait for the day when a water-to-oxygen device was invented so I could freely enjoy the ocean’s beauty, force and comfort all around me.

The talk raised a point that is close to my heart regarding sustainability: Cost. Sylvia asked, “What is the cost of our Ocean?”

Lilibeth André, Shore Rocks, oil, 12x9.

Lilibeth André, Shore Rocks, oil, 12×9.

We believe we are entitled to the riches the ocean has. We believe it is our possession. By extracting these riches we bring imbalance to the ocean. As it works to readjust and rebalance itself, the continued taxing load causes more imbalance and many organisms suffer damage or perish in the process, and in itself, the ocean begins to die.

It is time to reassess how we value the ocean when it is alive.

The ocean is a giant ecosystem for many life forms. It is the other half of the earth–land and water. It is the source of a fun day at the beach, it provides us many foods, it is the source of the clouds that bring us rain, and the balance of the clean air we breath.

We should identify a factor to value the ocean. Maybe we can asses it’s value to one person and extrapolate. Perhaps we may want to compare its worth to the value of our circulatory system, or the value of a beating heart, or the value of our breathe.

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