Canada has three large bodies of water that surrounds it. The Atlantic Ocean on the east, the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Arctic Ocean to the north. With all this water comes huge responsibilities, how do we keep them clean and healthy?
Led by Fisheries and Oceans Canada researcher’s, it is hoped we can enhance our knowledge of the physical environment and it’s relationship to nature. Research is going on all the time and data is being collected, this way the researcher’s can create an accurate picture of climate change and other environmental changes affecting our oceans.
Because the oceans are the largest ecosystem on earth, they are also earths largest life support system, so it makes sense in order to survive we all need healthy oceans. Oceans generate half of the oxygen we breath, oceans also provide a sixth of the animal protein we eat and are the most promising source of new medicine to combat cancer, pain, and bacterial diseases.
At any given moment 97% of the worlds water is contained in the oceans. Healthy oceans absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reduce the impact of climate change. Governments must devote more resources to agency’s committed to monitoring and enforcement of laws to protect the oceans not only for us but for future generations.
The oceans are not the only bodies of water we need to protect, Canada abounds with large and small bodies of water that also need protection from environmental changes. Everyone needs to work together to keep all our bodies of water clean and healthy. How can we help? You may ask, well there is a lot you can do to ensure you do not add to the pollution of our waters.
Clean water is one of our most valuable resources. But because global water conditions are declining, more people will soon after rely on polluted water sources, unless we all make an effort to keep it clean. Some small changes now will help preserve clean water for the future.
Some thing we can do to start is minimize your use of harsh chemicals, when chemicals leak into our waters it can devastate the fragile ecosystem. Disposing of hazardous materials, such as paint, oil and medications at a proper disposal centre, will keep it from entering the water system. Lowering your use of water is also helpful, sweeping your driveway instead of hosing it down, not only saves water but also stops any contamination from reaching our waterways.
Another way you can help is to participate in community clean up, along rivers and streams as well as beaches. Remember forests, grasslands and wetlands are natures water filters. They help keep erosion and pollution from flowing into rivers and streams, they slow rainwater down ensuring more water reaches into underground supplies.
So by keeping forests and grassland free of garbage and debris will aid in the preservation of clean, healthy water. Remember large or small, we can all do our part.