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How Do Oceans Influence Human Life?

The ocean makes up 70 percent of the Earth’s surface. Other than being a home to sea creatures, this vast entity provides everything that a human being needs for survival. The reasons as to how oceans are useful to human beings can often get lost in the discussion over climate change in politics and mainstream media. Although those reasons are endless, being informed on the key points regarding why are oceans important can make all the difference. 

So, how does the ocean affect humans?

For starters, the ocean produces over half of the oxygen in the world and absorbs carbon dioxide through the coral reef. To put it simply, we wouldn’t be able to breathe if it wasn’t for the ocean. With all of the toxins from plastic and factories polluting the air, the coral reef is being broken down, which in turn cuts off our air supply. In addition, human beings rely on the ocean for climate regulation since it transports heat from the equator to the opposite poles. Since our ocean is turning acidic, weather patterns and climate regulation are being thrown off. 

How oceans are useful to human beings is important to note, as well. We use the ocean for transportation in U.S. trade, recreation in the form of fishing, kayaking and whale watching, food and even medicinal products with ingredients that fight life-threatening diseases. The ocean is even used inadvertently for economic benefits! Hundreds of billions of dollars are produced via ocean-dependent businesses that employ upwards to three million people. 

The fight to take care of our oceans is stronger than ever for so many reasons. Without it, human beings wouldn’t be able to thrive and it’s our job to stay informed and do what we can to help ourselves and generations to come!