The burning of fossil fuels is heating our planet to unnatural and unhealthy levels.Byproducts from burning fossil fuels get trapped in our atmosphere, polluting the earth. This is having devastating effects on marine life. Scores of fish, plants, bird, and coral reefs are dying off. This is not only an issue for maintaining healthy ecosystems, it is also important to note the economic impacts this pollution is having. This article will cover ways for protecting marine biodiversity as well as the economic impact if we do not.
Human beings have the responsibility to protect marine wildlife. A great way to do this is to limit the amount of fishing that can be done. Another great way is to invest in clean energy. Wind, solar, and water power are all sustainable sources of energy, and the way of the future. These small changes to our economy can have positive lasting effects. It may be too late to turn around the pollution that has happened over the last 200 years, but we can attempt to try.
Protecting Endangered Species
Protecting endangered species is also mandatory. Legal implications should be sever for anyone hurting protected species. Dumping drugs, trash, and waste into the ocean needs to be viewed as a criminal offense. Proper disposal channels need to be found. If none can be found, then the toxic waste needs to be eliminated and healthier organic formulas need to be invented and produced in their place. There is no time to waste on these changes!
Responsible Fishing Practices
Poaching and aggressive fishing techniques make it hard to impossible for a species to replenish itself. There are rules and regulations about how much can be taken out of the ocean before fishermen can continue fishing. If these practices are not respected, then extinction is possible. This interrupts the food chain, creating more damage. Here is a video on overfishing and how we can stop it.
Economically speaking, the world is losing so much by abusing the planet. One industry that has seen the effects is the commercial fishing industry. Oil spills, run-off, agricultural fertilizers, and more have polluted the waters killing off edible fish such as cod and flounder. It is estimated that 300,000 people have lost jobs in this industry, fisheries have collapsed, and over $8 billion in revenue is gone.
The world is in a dangerous position, and we are the steward of it. If we continue to burn fossil fuels and refuse to move forward, the world may be destroyed. The entire food chain will come crumbling to its knees if marine life is destroyed. If that happens, men will eventually follow. The more diverse marine life is, the healthier our entire planet will be.