World Ocean Day…what is that?

It’s another warm June day, but hotter weather is on the way…dangerously hot actually. Dan Thomas wrote a blog a little earlier today on the hot pattern click here to read more. With this kind of heat many people flock to the coast and jump into the ocean for some relief. There’s my segway from weather to “World Ocean Day”.  Yes the oceans have their own day which started in 2008. It’s a global celebration of the bodies of water that cover much of the Earth. The overall theme is  “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planets”.  That in a nut shell says a lot about what this day is all about.

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If you read my blog very often you know I have said many times that it is our responsibility to be good stewards of this precious Earth. I love the way the organizers of this day phrased it on their website, “The ocean is the heart of our planet. Like your heart pumping blood to every part of your body, the ocean connects people across the Earth, no matter where we live. The ocean regulates the climate, feeds millions of people every year, produces most of the oxygen we breathe, is the home to an incredible array of wildlife, provides us with important medicines, and so much more!” So it truly is up to all of us to keep it healthy.

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I received my weekly email from Climate Central today and their focus was of course, “World Ocean Day”.  I thought it was an interesting twist, that while we head to the sea to find relief from the heat, the oceans actually store 93% of the excess heat that is generated on Earth. Climate Central says, “humans are pumping more and more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. That’s trapping excess heat and causing the surface of the planet to warm.”

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One of the results of a warmer ocean is coral bleaching. This leads to dying coral which in turn disrupts other things like the algae that grow on the coral and so on and so on.

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So what are some realistic ways we can all help protect the ocean? One easy way is by helping to clean up and stop plastic pollution. This won’t stop ocean warming. But the ocean and it’s wildlife is choking on plastic and will will help that. The first step we can all make is to stop using plastic bags.  I have already done this for my grocery shopping.  It’s just second nature to me now…so easy.

Check out the World Ocean Day website for some other suggestions.

Happy World Ocean Day!

Lisa Spencer

posted 7:40pm




About Lisa Spencer

Lisa Spencer is the chief meteorologist at WSMV Channel 4 Nashville. You can catch her weathercasts weekdays at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 6:30pm and 10pm.
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