Protecting our Oceans and Marine Life

Protecting our Oceans and Marine Life

It is more important than ever to protect our oceans and marine life.

Most of the planet is covered in water and our oceans act as the heart. They pump much-needed oxygen into the atmosphere, absorb CO2, provide food, regulate weather patterns, and provide a habitat for numerous species [1].

Sadly, our oceans are under threat from climate change and marine pollution. Since the early 1970s, the oceans have absorbed a staggering 93% of heat made from human-induced warming [2]. The effects have been devastating. According to a report issued by the International Union Conservation of Nature (IUCN), rising ocean temperature has damaged marine habits, increased disease, and affected weather patterns.

The marine ecosystem relies on deep, cold, and nutrient-rich water to frequently come to the surface. This natural process, called upwelling, keeps plants and animals from overheating and is important in keeping the food chain intact. As the oceans warm, the warm buoyant water layer on the surface becomes deeper and deeper. This prevents the cold water from the deep from rising and throws the ecosystem out of whack.

And this is just one effect of rising sea temperature. Chemical, sound, light, and plastic pollution have also had real and severe effects on our oceans [3]. \

Unfortunately, this has now become our norm. Though, more and more people are waking up to the urgency of the climate crisis we face and are doing extraordinary work to protect our oceans and marine life.

How We’re Helping

It is no longer enough to slow the effects of climate change. We quickly need to find solutions to help reverse the effects of climate change. One such initiative that is close to us here at Revibe is marine permaculture.

Marine Permaculture is essentially establishing kelp and seaweed forests in our oceans. As the ocean temperature continues to rise, kelp and seaweed can help by removing CO2 from the atmosphere and create a habitat for marine life. According to the Climate Foundation, “Kelp forests are one of Earth’s most vibrant biomes and dynamic carbon sinks, drawing down more CO2 from the atmosphere by area than land-based rainforests.”

By establishing kelp and seaweed forests, there is a potential to help reverse global warming and fight against ocean acidification and biomass loss [4]. This is an opportunity to give our oceans the much-needed boost they deserve. Seaweed is also a nutrient-dense food source (you know we love Wakame seaweed!) and some companies are developing fibres and bioplastics from seaweed.

The Intrepid Foundation has partnered with the Climate Foundation to raise money and gather resources to fund marine permaculture research through the University of Tasmania. Since 2019, they have raised over $645,000 and have built the first marine permaculture platform right here in Australia [5].

We think this initiative is incredible, which is one reason why for every bottle of Revibe sold a percentage of profits is donated to their ongoing work.

How You Can Help

If you would like to learn more about marine permaculture and the work being done by the Intrepid Foundation and the Climate Foundation, check out their websites or watch the inspiring film 2040. You can donate to the marine permaculture initiative by clicking the link here. 100% of your donation goes to the project, and the Intrepid Foundation doubles it. Every little bit helps to protect our oceans and marine life.