June is National Ocean Month – the time when we should all appreciate the things are planet’s oceans do for us land-dwellers.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Ocean Service our world ocean literally provides the air we breathe
The ocean produces over half of the world’s oxygen and absorbs 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere.
Covering 70% of the Earth’s surface, the ocean transports heat from the equator to the poles, regulating our climate and weather patterns.
A full 76% of all U.S. trade involves some form of marine transportation.
From fishing to boating to kayaking and whale watching, the ocean provides us with many unique activities.
The U.S. ocean economy produces $282 billion in goods and services and ocean-dependent businesses employ almost three million people. Food: the ocean provides more than just seafood; ingredients from the sea are found in surprising foods such as peanut butter and soymilk.
Many medicinal products come from the ocean, including ingredients that help fight cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and heart disease. Download this graphic and share it!”