Thinking about the trees this World Oceans Day
How will you protect the environment this World Oceans Day?
by Rainforest Partnership | 6.8.20
Let us know by taking action above how you'll work to protect the environment this World Oceans Day:
- Lower your carbon footprint through reduced meat consumption
- Pick up plastic and other trash at your local beach
- Replace your plastic water bottles, straws, and shopping bags with multi-use options
- Share the importance of ocean and rainforest health in the fight against climate disruption on your social media networks
- Donate to environmental protection and conservation groups doing work you support
June is here and as the high heat of July and August approaches something becomes very clear: it is summer! And if a walk to your local park feels like a marathon and a quick errand run leaves you sweating and drinking water almost straight from the faucet, then maybe there is one thing on your mind lately – how good does a trip to the beach sound right about now? Especially after months of being inside playing bingo with your relatives!
This World Oceans Day then, we pause to recognize that without healthy and clean oceans, that trip to the beach will not be as idyllic as it once might have been. The truth is that the health of the world’s oceans is in decline, and if future generations are to enjoy those prized beach days the way we have, then we must protect the blue expanses of our planet.
At Rainforest Partnership, it is our passion and our mission to promote and work toward the conservation of the world’s rainforests. We are, however, keenly aware that there’s a strong link between the rainforests and the oceans, and that neither can survive without the other. Each depends on the vibrancy of the other to thrive, and we all play a critical role in sustaining our climate and planet.
Rainforests rely on healthy oceans for predictable moisture and moderated temperatures. Oceans depend on rainforests for the replenishing nutrients rainwaters carry back to them. And both of these ecological powerhouses play complementary roles in sustaining our climate— as carbon sinks, moderators of global temperature, and oxygen producers. In this regard, what affects one affects the other.
Nowhere is that connection stronger than between the Amazon rainforest and the Atlantic Ocean. When the Amazon is deforested and degraded, it releases carbon dioxide and reduces its capacity as a carbon sink. This forces the ocean to pick up the tab, causing a vicious cycle. As the Atlantic ocean absorbs more carbon dioxide from deforestation, it warms and acidifies. A warmer Atlantic provides less moisture to the Amazon, and thus less rainfall.
As the world’s largest rainforest region, connected to the Atlantic by the world’s largest river, the Amazon also provides vital nutrients for phytoplankton, the foundation of the ocean food chain. These nutrients also feed two powerful microorganisms called diatom and cyanobacterium that consume carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Without them, the carbon dioxide is absorbed by seawater, causing further acidification and warming.
This connection between the Atlantic and the Amazon is long established, but doesn’t always get the attention it deserves and needs. The single best way we can help the oceans is by cutting carbon emissions and sequestering more carbon. Protecting and restoring rainforests achieves exactly that.
That’s why Rainforest Partnership is standing up for the oceans, and for their continued relationship with rainforests to sustain the health of our planet. Stay tuned for World Rainforest Day on June 22nd to learn more about what we’re doing to make the oceans healthier through our rainforest conservation.
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