As mankind has evolved and begun facing increasingly threatening ecological issues
we often reflect upon one major detriment of our industrial era: climate change and
melting ice caps. This blog does not aim to diminish the severity of this problem, but
expand upon its close cousin, ocean acidification.
In today’s consumer society, humans demand ample material goods,
requiring factory production to be efficient and highly quantitative. Cars, televisions, homes,
and lights--staples to our happiness and comfort--require large amount of energies that are harnessed by large scale cracking of petroleum and other fossil fuels. Yet, the
massive amounts of energy taken from these processes produce harmful byproducts to our
earth, including carbon dioxide.
Many view human carbon emissions as something that solely affects the melting ice caps, and
fails to recognize that 30-40% of the carbon dioxide produced by humans is imbued into the ocean, making it uninhabitable to countless species.
To combat ocean acidification, our society must work collectively to cutback our
carbon footprint. Basic environmental conscious decisions include carpooling, recycling,
and refraining from polluting. Transitioning to more sustainable and clean forms
of energy such as solar panels serve as environmentally friendly solutions. Harnessing the
energy from the sun does not produce harmful byproducts such as the carbon dioxide that
is produced by burning fossil fuels, which in turn helps cut back on ocean acidification.