World Oceans Day is an international day that takes place annually on June 8, which happens to be today. This special day is hosted by the United Nations, and it is all about spreading awareness and the theme for World Ocean Day 2022 is “Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean”. The ocean is one of our planet’s most important natural resources, but it faces a growing number of threats. The ocean connects, sustains, and supports us all, but its health has reached a tipping point, and this threatens ecosystems, food security, livelihoods and coastal safety. The ocean is growing warmer and more acidic, polar ice is melting and global weather patterns are changing, and none of this is any good. All of us must work together to protect the oceans, but the fishing industry has encumbered our efforts to keep the oceans clean. Fish are sensitive animals and have no protections for how they are treated or slaughtered. Plastic ocean pollution injures and kills marine life, spreads toxins and is a major health threat and dumped fishing gear is biggest plastic polluter in ocean.
Earth’s oceans are connected by a vast global conveyor belt of moving water and this network keeps our planet healthy. Climate change is affecting the flow of our ocean currents, but the good news is that we know how to fix this. Since colder water sinks deeper and warmer water rises up to the surface of the oceans because of density and the fact that water that has a higher salt content is also denser, we know how temperature and saltiness effect the ocean currents. The water cycle involves the Sun heating up water until it evaporates from the surface of the earth, rises into the atmosphere, cools and condenses into rain or snow in clouds, and falls again to the surface as precipitation, which is collected in the oceans, rivers, lakes, streams. As we heat up our world, we are melting ice and many scientists feel that if enough ice is melted this will slow down the conveyor belt of moving water, which will produce a whole list serious consequences, like disrupting weather patterns around the world, causing more severe droughts and higher sea levels.
Written for FOWC with Fandango – List, for Ragtag Community – Encumbered, and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Flow.