Lord Byron wrote, “Roll on, thou deep and dark blue Ocean-roll!
Ten thousand fleets over thee in vain;
Man marks the earth with ruin- his control
Stops with the shore.”
Alas, we are learning that this isn’t so. For junior year high school this year, my daughter and I were given marine biology to study. (home-school… a whole other topic!) Never mind that we’d have to travel days to see an ocean. I, however, was enthusiastic. I grew up by the sea, and a part of me never left. Now I could share it with her, if only through books and websites. For now. We’ll go back.
But all is not well with the seas, it turns out. Can we stop discarding plastics? Can we stop spewing CO2 into the atmosphere, which is acidifying the oceans??? (I didn’t know about that…) We are pretty used to our way of doing things. It is startling to realize that not all that long ago, plastic didn’t even exist! I believe we can do it, we can learn to live with the world, not at odds with it.