6 reasons why the ocean is important to humans

Covering around 72% of the Earth, the ocean supplies half of the oxygen we need. Here are more reasons why the ocean is our planet’s life support system.

Climate


The ocean transports heat from the equator to the poles, regulating our climate and weather patterns.

Food


The ocean provides the main protein source for more than 1 billion people worldwide. In Singapore alone, we consume about 90 million kilogrammes of seafood each year, making us one of the biggest seafood consumers in Asia Pacific.

Protection


Coral reefs and mangrove forests protect coastlines against storms and flooding. Unfortunately, corals around the world are facing a crisis due to human action and climate change. Read more

Medicines


Chemicals found in the ocean are used to treat diseases such as cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and heart diseases. For example, many corals have evolved chemical defenses to protect themselves from predators, and scientists are researching on the medicinal potential of these substances (source: NOAA).

Jobs


At least 300 million people rely on the ocean for their livelihoods, from fishing to the maritime industry. Singapore’s port is one of the world’s busiest and provides jobs for more than 100,000 people.

Recreation


Snorkelling, diving, sailing and water skiing are just a few ways humans enjoy the ocean.


If you’d like to learn more about marine conservation and wish to participate in conservation-related activities such as sharing sessions by industry experts and marine biologists, workshops, beach cleanups and reef cleanups, join the Guardians of the S.E.A.A.. Check out this video to see what you get to be part of.

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