June 8th is World Oceans Day, a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better world.
The oceans bring us joy, bountiful food, rest, relaxation, exhilaration, harmony and hope.
Yet, scientists tell us that our oceans are reaching their capacity as “carbon sinks.” They are working overtime to absorb the greenhouse gases that we are creating, our oceans are heating up and becoming more acidic, threatening the health of all living things….In fact, the science is telling us we’re committed to losing about 90 percent of the remaining coral reefs due to impacts of climate change, and the threats of pollution and overfishing are still on the rise. National Geographic has some great resources on coral reefs and what is being done to protect them now that we clearly know how much they are under threat.
Take some time to talk about the Paris Climate Agreement and the historic nature of the commitments made by all governments of the world to acknowledge and to begin in earnest to repair the damages that we are inflicting on our Mother Earth. Discuss as well, the US administration’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement and the fact that this decision is not the will nor the wishes of the majority of the American people. Share the WeAreStillin campaign with them. Together we are building climate hope.
A version of this post was first published June 8, 2017