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Healthy Oceans

Oceans and Health

"With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you're connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live."

- Sylvia Earle 

The ocean environment is unquestionably linked to human life. Covering 71% of our planet, it is the basic component that makes all life on Earth possible. All life, including our own, depends on a healthy ocean. The Ocean Heals Us by providing important information that leads to medical breakthroughs with powerful abilities. For example, painkillers modeled after cone snail toxins are 1,000 times more powerful than morphine.

The Ocean Nourishes Us by providing a healthy source of protein rich in essential fatty acids. with most ofthe world's fishers now stressed by overfishing, we need to stay informed on sustainable seafood choices.

The Ocean Sustains Us by proving the driving force of our climate, which in turn provides most of the frewshwater and oxygen essential to our lives, which feeds our crops and quenches our thirst. Oceanographer, National Geographic Explorer-in -Residence

Classroom Connection

CHGE Education lessons and associated materials are created by our team of content developers, expert teachers, and resources created by others that we higly recommned. 

Explore the Ocean Health Resources in this section to find hands-on, classroom tested, standards based resources which include topics such as:

  • overfishing
  • the ocean and the water cycle
  • marine food chains
  • marine pollution and ocean ecosystems
  • biodiversity  and medicine