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27 Fragile Ocean Quotes (Our Pollution Actions Are Not Sustainable)

27 Fragile Ocean Quotes Pollution

To highlight the fragility of our oceans and the plight that lies before them, I have pulled together 27 great quotes highlighting the damage we are doing. 

Ocean pollution is now responsible for the loss of life of marine animals reaching up to an estimated 100 million per year.

Furthermore, We have now reached the critical point where all marine life is being impacted in some way by human-generated pollution.

There are even areas of the ocean where no life exists at all and the number of these areas is increasing year on year.

So please read these fragile ocean quotes and get ready to become involved as our actions are killing our oceans and they cannot sustain this level of pollution.

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27 Fragile Ocean Quotes

“If you’re overfishing at the top of the food chain and acidifying the ocean at the bottom, you’re creating a squeeze that could conceivably collapse the whole system.”

 – Carl Safina

“I said that the oceans were sick, but they’re not going to die. There is no death possible in the oceans — there will always be life — but they’re getting sicker every year.”

 –  Jacques Yves Cousteau

“It’s a case of many oceans around the world being degraded by negligence. The ocean is the lifeblood of our world.

If we were to lose our fish that we appreciate so much by overfishing, or if we were to lose some of our favorite beaches to overbuilding and pollution, then how would we feel?

It’s become a case of not knowing what you’ve got until it’s gone. But by no means is it too late.”

 – Aaron Peirsol

“Remove the predators, and the whole ecosystem begins to crash like a house of cards.

As the sharks disappear, the predator-prey balance dramatically shifts, and the health of our oceans declines.”

 – Brian Skerry

ocean pollution whale leaping from water

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It is estimated that 100 million marine animals die each year from plastic-related pollution.

90% of ocean debris is attributed to only 10 rivers worldwide.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is estimated to be twice the size of Texas.

“Why is it that scuba divers and surfers are some of the strongest advocates of ocean conservation?

Because they’ve spent time in and around the ocean, and they’ve personally seen the beauty, the fragility, and even the degradation of our planet’s blue heart.”

 – Sylvia Earle

“Australia is the only island continent on the planet, which means that changes caused by planet-warming pollution – warmer seas, which can drive stronger storms, and more acidic oceans, which wreak havoc on the food chain – are even more deadly here.”

 – Jeff Goodell

“We have found ways to capture, kill and market ocean wildlife on an unprecedented scale. It’s an absolute catastrophe.”

 – Sylvia Earle

“Our oceans are facing innumerable threats-from overfishing and pollution to ocean acidification and invasive species-yet we haven’t had a blueprint for its use and development, incredible as that seems.”

 – Philippe Cousteau Jr

ocean pollution mars unable to support life

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46% of all plastic-created floats.

 20% of plastic located within the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is believed to have come from Ocean structures and offshore vessels.
 It is estimated that by the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish.

“When plastics do break down, they don’t biodegrade; rather, they break into increasingly smaller pieces, many of which end up in the oceans as microplastics that harm aquatic life and birds.”

 – Dr. David Suzuki

“If we wipe out the fish, the oceans are going to die. If the oceans die, we die. We can’t live on this planet with a dead ocean.”

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“Bottom trawling is a ghastly process that brings untold damage to sea beds that support ocean life.

It’s akin to using a bulldozer to catch a butterfly, destroying a whole ecosystem for the sake of a few pounds of protein.

We wouldn’t do this on land, so why do it in the oceans?”

 – Sylvia Earle

“Looking out at the ocean, it’s easy to feel small – and to imagine all your troubles, suddenly insignificant, slipping away. Earth’s seven oceans seem vast and impenetrable, but a closer look tells another story.”

 – Ted Danson

ocean pollution seal with fishing net caught around its neck

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Plastic bags floating in the ocean look like jellyfish to loggerhead turtles and are consumed by them in large numbers – eventually killing them.

90% of all seabirds have been found to have plastic in their stomachs.

An estimated 100 million-plus marine animals die from plastic-related issues each year

“There is a terribly terrestrial mindset about what we need to do to take care of the planet – as if the ocean somehow doesn’t matter or is so big, so vast that it can take care of itself, or that there is nothing that we could possibly do that we could harm the ocean.”

 – Sylvia Earle

“For all the environmental troubles single-use shopping bags cause, the much greater impacts are in what they contain.

Reducing the human footprint means addressing fundamentally unsustainable habits of food consumption, such as expecting strawberries in the depths of winter or buying of seafood that are being fished to the brink of extinction.”

 – Susan Freinkel

“Industrial pollution and the discarding of plastic waste must be tackled for the sake of all life in the ocean.”

 – David Attenborough

“No water, no life. No blue, no green.”

 – Sylvia Earle

ocean pollution jellyfish poisoned by toxic water

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It is now illegal to manufacture, use or sell a plastic bag in Kenya.  Foreign visitors to Kenya are not permitted to enter the country with plastic bags either.

50% of the world’s plastic is manufactured in Asia, of which 29% is manufactured in China.

It is estimated that 3.5 million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans from China’s waste. 

“Ocean acidification – the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that is turning the oceans increasingly acid – is a slow but accelerating impact with consequences that will greatly overshadow all the oil spills put together.

The warming trend that is CO2-related will overshadow all the oil spills that have ever occurred put together.”

 – Sylvia Earle

“The ocean is the lifeblood of our world. If we were to lose our fish that we appreciate so much by overfishing, or if we were to lose some of our favorite beaches to overbuilding and pollution, then how would we feel?

It’s become a case of not knowing what you’ve got until it’s gone.”

 – Aaron Peirsol

“We owe it to our children to be better stewards of the environment.

The alternative? – a world without whales.

It’s too terrible to imagine.”

– Pierce Brosnan

“I understand why there’s still so much plastic in the world, still pale fragments of who-know-what-it-once-was washing up on the beaches, or just junk slowly weathering away like all the seats in the stadium.

If you’d tried to burn it all on a rubbish heap, you’d have choked the world to death.”

 – C. A. Fletcher

ocean pollution fishing looking after the oceans

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Between 1950 -1998 there were over 100 nuclear blast tests in the oceans. 

An estimated 80% of global marine pollution comes from agricultural run-offs, pesticides, nutrients, sewage effluent, and land-based chemical waste. 

 Annually the Mississippi river discharges an estimated 1.5 million tonnes of nitrogen pollution into the ocean.

“If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us.”

 – Dr. David Suzuki

“People ask: Why should I care about the ocean? Because the ocean is the cornerstone of earth’s life support system, it shapes climate and weather. It holds most of life on earth.

97% of earth’s water is there. It’s the blue heart of the planet – we should take care of our heart. It’s what makes life possible for us.

We still have a really good chance to make things better than they are. They won’t get better unless we take the action and inspire others to do the same thing.

No one is without power. Everybody has the capacity to do something.”

 – Sylvia Earle

In Summary

I hope you feel moved by the quotes and feel ready to impress others with the need to keep contaminants out of our oceans.

Ocean pollution is not something that we can ignore, as the impact of the failure is just too high.

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A proud father of two boys, an amateur actor, and a green living enthusiast, Mark has been sharing hints, tips, and sustainable living content on his website Sustainability Dad since august 2019.

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