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8th June: World Oceans Day



he ocean is the heart of the Earth

 

The existence of sea water certainly provides many benefits for everyday human life. Not only for human life, but also for earth.

 

Seawater is water found in seas and oceans throughout the world. This is the water that fills the large bodies of water on Earth that cover most of the planet's surface. Sea water has certain characteristics such as a higher salt content compared to fresh water in rivers, and also various types of marine organisms that live in it. Sea water has an important role in maintaining the balance of the global ecosystem, regulating the climate, and providing important natural resources for humans and other life on Earth. Sea water, apart from being a home for various forms of life, also has extraordinary benefits for human health and the environment.

 

Benefits of sea water for planet Earth

Some of the benefits of sea water for planet Earth are:

 

  • It acts as a climate controller on Earth, namely by moving heat from the equator towards the poles.

  • The source of rain, both on land and in the ocean itself.

  • Hot ocean currents can improve the climate, especially in areas where these currents pass.

  • Shallow seas mean climate temperatures and droughts don't just happen.

  • Cold currents cause climate change, especially in desert areas.

Benefits of sea water for humans

Sea water is also beneficial for humans, including:

 

1. As a food source

 

In the sea there are many marine animals and plants which of course can be consumed by humans, and even have high nutritional content.

 

2. As a recreation area

 

Vacationing can not only be done on land, but also in the water. The sea view, which is dominated by blue, is a popular choice for people to relieve fatigue from their daily routine.

 

 

3. Energy sources

 

It turns out that the large ocean can be a source of energy for human survival. In particular, the powerful waves and currents can be used as energy to rotate electricity generating turbines.

 

4. As a means of education and research

 

It should be noted that until now, only 5 percent of the ocean has been explored and researched by humans. The rest still leaves many questions and natural mysteries unsolved.

 

World Oceans Day

 

The Canadian government proposed the idea of World Oceans Day at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. In 2008, the UN officially recognized the date and it has continued to grow since then, from 100 events in 2008 to over a thousand events in 1992. more than 120 countries ten years later. This day is celebrated in many ways, including special events at aquariums and zoos, beach and river cleanups, school activities, conservation programs, art contests, and film festivals.

 

The most pressing problem facing the oceans today is plastic pollution. Reducing the use of single-use plastics, including plastic bags and plastic bottles, has been an important theme of World Oceans Day for several years. Climate change and rising sea temperatures are also big problems. Rising sea temperatures have a direct influence on weather patterns and are seen to be partly responsible for the increase in extreme weather conditions. Increased carbon dioxide increases the acid levels of seawater and harms many marine organisms.

 

On World Oceans Day, wear blue, go on a march, find a beach or river cleanup near you, hold a local event, print posters and stick them in your windows, or use the hashtag #worldoceansday on social media. There are lots of things you can do on June 8 to help celebrate, to remind people of the importance of the ocean in our lives and to make a difference!

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