Whales- The New Environmentalists?

Whales- The New Environmentalists?

For as broad as a concept environment is, it surely seeks a lot of requirement for protection and improvement in the quality of natural or manmade surroundings. Unfortunately, few scientists and scholars have now started to believe that there is not much that we can do to reverse the detrimental effects of the human activities that have caused a great amount of environmental degradation. For now, all we can do is to adapt to the new climate changes. Meanwhile, there is another type of aquatic marine environmentalist, whose work did not go unnoticed. Yes, this article talks about how whales are one of the best defences against climate change.
Isn’t it wonderful how nature itself has provided us with a solution to a problem that we have caused?
Whales have now become a vital factor to restrain global warming. Whales have the ability to absorb a very high amount of carbon into their bodies and they also help in the growth of microscopic marine algae called Phytoplankton. We may not be aware of this, but Phytoplankton affects our planet in a significant manner. They absorb the warming of the surface of the ocean and also absorb the dispersed light, but most importantly, most of the carbon dioxide that is produced by vehicles is taken by the phytoplankton. Had this smallest element not done that, the level of carbon dioxide would have been higher than the sky.
Now that we know how important this organism is, we have the urgent need to produce it. Who can help us in doing so? Yes, the whales who promote the development of Phytoplankton! When the whales move in the ocean, they push the nutrients onto the surface of the water body which helps in feeding the Phytoplankton and they also absorb the carbon emission from their body waste. Another interesting fact about this is that a tree contributes to only 3% of what whales have been contributing. Therefore, the healing of our environment can take place rapidly if we protect our marine animals. At this moment, even increasing 1% of phytoplankton can bring about a major change in our environment.
The International Monetary Funds also suggested that preservation of marine animals should be at the top of our priorities and implementing new methods that could prevent demolishing of the ecosystem. This information should reach out on an international platform to maximize the global influence so that people start living within the natural boundaries. Other international organisations must also contribute towards the global cause by making sure they spread the right information all over and collect data to see if this is creating an impact.
Since human beings tend to lean towards the economist perspective, fortunately, we have a potential model for this problem, known as (UN) REDD. Launched in the year 2008, it is a multi-stakeholder forum, which provides positive enforcement to nations for safeguarding their nature and wildlife.
There is an urgent need to be better at protecting whales since the species are not revering. Ship strike has been a major cause of deaths and now that the global maritime traffic is increasing every day, it becomes a harder task to safeguard the aquatic life. Whaling is also one of the causes and the problem exceeds further ahead with water pollution, noise pollution, fishing nets etc.
Until this was discovered, the protection of marine life was just taken as a humanitarian act, but now, it has become a very crucial step towards protecting the environment from climate change.
The life span of a single whale is around 200 years. Imagine the amount of carbon taken out of the environment! If we can protect the environment just by making sure we do not take away the lives of aquatic animals, little progress can be made.
The fact remains that there is a lot to be discovered on how other aquatic animals are helping us, so if not for the sake of other species but ourselves, let us protect the lives of our correspondences.
It is high time to try as much as possible to offer a better tomorrow that we promised to our children. It is time to take responsibility for our actions and rectify them till we can. It is time to heal the world and to ensure a better future for all.

~ By Sona Sharma, Jindal School of International Affairs

References
New Study Finds Whales Might Be Our Best Defense Against Climate Change
Heidi Lux – https://www.good.is/whales-climate-change-study

Un. “Protecting Whales to Protect the Planet.” UN Environment, www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/protecting-whales-protect-planet.

Climate Change – Whale and Dolphin Conservation
https://uk.whales.org/our-4-goals/create-healthy-seas/climate-change/

Global Warming Is Putting the Ocean’s Phytoplankton in Danger
Sarah Watts – https://psmag.com/environment/global-warming-is-putting-phytoplankton-in-danger

Great Whales Found To Have Active Role and Monetary Value in Fight Against Climate Change
https://www.oceanographicmagazine.com/news/great-whales-fight-climate-change/

Climate Change: Whales “worth a Thousand Trees” Not the Whole Story
KonArt/Depositphotos – https://newatlas.com/environment/whales-climate-change-imf/

Report: 1 Whale Is Worth Thousands Of Trees in Climate Fight
Jana Randow – https://time.com/5733954/climate-change-whale-trees/

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