The ocean is the lifeblood of our planet and if you could choose one part of the human body that can be compared to the ocean, it would be blood. Without blood, we would not survive and without the ocean, our planet and the human race would not survive either.
The oceans make up over 72% of the world’s surface and provide over 70% of the oxygen we breathe and 96% of the planet’s water supply. However, every day our oceans are under attack by pollution, which is bringing them to the brink of disaster.
Pollution affects marine life, plants and the ocean's ability to absorb CO2. The ocean absorbs 30% of the CO2 created by humans; without this, our planet would succumb to the effects of global warming.
Pollution comes in many forms however, with the biggest factor affecting our oceans being plastic. Over 8 million tons of plastic is being dumped in offshore waste areas every year. This staggering amount of rubbish causes death and destruction of marine life and habitats. Did you know that it takes 400 years for plastic to degrade in the ocean?
If you would like to learn more about ocean pollution and how ocean pollution can affect us, then take a look at the fascinating infographic below, created by the team at divein.com
How ocean pollution affects humans – Graphic by the team at DIVE.in