Volume 165| October 1, 2019
In the planetary pot of warming water,
it’s time for frogs to get hopping
Last week the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their 1,170-page report to the UN titled The Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate. IPCC reports that 93.4% of the heat energy trapped by greenhouse gasses circling the global is going back into the ocean. The cryosphere is those parts of Earth with frozen water. A small portion, 0.2%, of the global heat energy retained goes to melt Greenland. And yet, the world’s ice, the cryosphere, is melting at alarming rates. 

The ocean with 352 quintillion (10 21 ) gallons of water (that’s 97% of the Earth’s water) expands as it warms and sea levels rise. Excess energy in the ocean is why a category 4 hurricane passing over the sea will become category 5 in twenty-four or less hours. A category 5 hurricane is four times as powerful as category 4, four times as destructive. The troubles are here.

Four steps you can take to best fight global warming, to slow the rise of greenhouse gasses, to save the ocean, and to have the greatest impact are:
1.   Talk to friends and associates about climate change
2.   Talk to decision-makers at all levels of government
4.   Vote

Most people just need a small nudge to remember to vote, so Vote The Ocean and the Environmental Voter Project are working together to send you free election reminders before every election. Studies have shown that these simple reminders can dramatically increase your likelihood of voting.

After the birth of my son, I wanted to make sure that I helped him to understand why we need to live an eco-friendly life. It’s these past 8 years of his life that I’ve come to understand that conversations around protecting our ocean are the most meaningful. Fostering this conversation has made me realize that we have to raise children from the get-go with the values that respect our planet and ingraining these good values in our children begins at home.

The Ocean River Institute is excited to host the pre-launch of  The Radical Undersea Journey of Mr. Dude

The purpose of this picture book is to instill values in children and their caring adults — parents, educators, family, and friends invested in raising like-minded children who will develop a lifelong care for our ocean. 

the Ocean River Institute
The Ocean River Institute provides individuals around the world with specific opportunities to make a difference saving wildlife, protecting ecosystems, in environmental education, science, and conservation.
Cleaning the waters for healthy oceans