By Ravindran Raman Kutty
A write-up by Ravindran Raman Kutty, an avid writer, community worker, an award winning communications practitioner and a social activist, with a profound love for the environment, shares his views on saving the oceans.
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- I was privileged to moderate a session on oceans organized by World Youth Foundation funded by the British High Commission in Malaysia.
The session, attended by over 50 participants from all walks of life with presenters from UKM, USM, and Malaysia Nature Society, did a great justice in keeping the audience enthralled with their in-depth sharing of knowledge and experience in wanting to preserve this great gift of nature called the Ocean.
The one-day session was effective in building the capacity of young people, to bring about positive impact in their respective communities.
Oceans are a living being. They are very important for our survival. More than 97 percent of the world's water resides in the oceans. Our source of clean drinking water comes from the ocean, too.
However, human activities contribute to more than 80 per cent of wastewater being discharged into rivers or seas. This kills the marine ecosystem and impacts the ocean's capacity to provide food, protect livelihoods, and maintain clean water. The ocean holds 96.5 percent of all of our earth's water, but less than one percent is freshwater and available for human consumption.....