With the daily barrage of tragic news and horrifying forecasts of climate change to come, we decided to mark Earth Day 2021 by reveling in the beauty and magnificence of our oceans. Oceans cover nearly 71% of the Earth’s surface, but less than five per cent of the planet’s oceans have been explored. We know more about the moon 239,000 miles away than we do about the oceans right here on Earth.
It’s easy to forget what exactly we’re trying to protect and save, when all we hear about is the disaster of melting icecaps, rising sea levels, and “The Pacific Garbage Patch” made of plastic covering an area four times the size of California and weighing more than 500 jumbo jets.
But the wonders of the ocean are as motivating a call to action as any doomsday warning for they refresh us with every wave upon the shore and remind us where life began upon the Earth.
See for yourself
94% of the Earth’s living species that exist within the oceans.
Even by night the ocean never ceases to wonder and amaze.
Even the most basic feature of the ocean, waves breaking on the sand, has the immense power and ability to change shorelines yet calm the mind and soul. Please enjoy these few minutes of bliss.
Learn more about our oceans at NOAA
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