The Ocean: Our Greatest Natural Resource

I wrote recently for the State Department’s Our Planet blog about the importance of the ocean as a natural resource. Here’s an excerpt:

Despite the fact that our planet is 70 percent water, it’s easy to take for granted the many ways that the ocean keeps us alive. The ocean provides much of the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink and the climate that surrounds us.

The complex ocean systems that produce these benefits—from currents and photosynthesis to food chains—are often chaotic and unpredictable at smaller scales, but at large scales they come together in a balanced way to ensure that life can thrive.

The ocean is resilient, and it will provide for us unless we forget about its vital role at the center of the biggest challenge of our time – how to meet the enormous resource demands of a rapidly growing global population without destroying the natural systems that sustain us.

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14 comments
Navneet Gupta
Navneet Gupta

Thank You For Your Efforts. “Anyone Who Thinks Economic Growth Can Continue In A Finite World Is Either A Madman Or An Economist." Kenneth Boulding “It is not an investment if it destroys the planet” – Vandana Shiva “We are living on this planet like we have another one to go to” – Terri Swearingen “Man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.” ― Rachel Carson “Anything else you are interested in won’t matter if you can’t breathe the air or drink the water” – Carl Sagan http://www.facebook.com/notes/navneet-gupta/the-biosphere-our-impact-on-future-generations-other-species-ecosystems-problem-/10150957330799344

Kate Hines
Kate Hines

yes the world is 70% water, WE are 70% water, coincidence? I think not!

Drew Koslow
Drew Koslow

"large bags of mostly water" people are also about 70% water ... name that Star Trek episode!

Zoe123
Zoe123

Great post! Clear and should be convincing to anyone who reads it. Right now, increasing awareness may be about all the can be done but hopefully some day solutions may be found.