A recent assessment of biodiversity by the European Environment Agency concluded that urgent action is needed to address environmental stress on ocean life, which is being caused primarily by climate-related changes such as acidification, as well as pollution and over-fishing.
This report is the fourth in a year-long series titled “Ten messages for 2010,” each containing a message on an aspect of ecosystems and biodiversity in the European Union.
This most recent report highlights the intricate balance between oceans, land and sky that regulates the climate, produces oxygen and removes carbon from the atmosphere.
Imbalances cause disruption to species and can endanger conditions necessary for life on Earth. The assessment also affirmed existing evidence showing that establishing marine protected areas helps ecosystems to recover.
European Environment Agency scientists, many thanks for these valued insights that raise awareness about the vital importance of the oceans to our own well being.
May we all quickly engage in actions that sustain the delicate interconnectedness of all life. Supreme Master Ching Hai has frequently called on humanity to conserve our precious oceans, as during a May 2009 videoconference in Togo.