Many people aren’t aware of how critical the oceans health is to our health. The ocean provides us with the oxygen we breathe, provides protein to billions of people, keeps the planet cool (did you know that without the ocean Earth would be 67ºC (1)), currently the average temperature on Earth is 16ºC (2). We literally cannot survive without the ocean.
Protecting the ocean means protecting all the amazing animals that call it home, and MPAs are a great way to do this. President Obama has created an MPA that is larger than the size of Texas. This MPA will cover 580,000 square miles, and will protect countless species of marine mammals, corals, fish, seaweeds, sea birds, and more. Commercial fishing, and mineral extraction will not be allowed in this area.
Hopefully Obama’s action will inspire others to protect the ocean. Did you know that 98% of the biosphere (liveable, habitable space on Earth) is in the Ocean? (3). And currently only about 3% of the oceans are protected (4). So THANK YOU OBAMA for helping to protect the ocean!