Know your Ocean Why Ocean

Why Ocean?

Oceans are a source of plenty. They should be cared for in order to sustain all living things on Earth. Our world ocean provides us with the air we breathe, regulates our climate and weather patterns, and is important for our transportation, recreation, food, medicine and more - it is a vital part of our existence.

Oceans are important to life on Earth. Oceans cover three-quarters of the planet and have about 97% of the planet's water. This is what gives Earth the name "Blue Planet".

Oceans are needed for the air we breathe. Scientists agree that there is oxygen from tiny ocean plants "phytoplankton" in every breath we take. These tiny ocean plants produce more than half of world's oxygen and the ocean waters absorb the carbon dioxide emissions.

Oceans also help regulate our planets weather and climate systems. Ocean currents transfer heat around the world and keep the global weather in control. Storms/Hurricanes are formed in tropical ocean waters, which in turn provide fresh water to all living things.

Ocean is one of our planet's important natural resources. It provides food, contains minerals, used for transportation, recreation for humans and many more.

Whether we live on the coast or far from it inland, whether we eat seafood or not, we all depend on healthy oceans for our living. We are all connected to oceans in every way and the future of living things depends on future of healthy oceans.