We have to heal our planet’s algae
The What and the Why about our need to heal algae are clear. The “How” requires many questions and then actions. Influence Foundation can not ignore the dangers and is looking for solutions. Its first step is to being awareness to this critical and life threatening problem by first highlighting the vitality contained in Algae.
What and Why.
This is critical. The Algae is dying throughout our oceans and has been for the last 60 years at least. Its only now that we in our ignorance are seeing undeniable evidence
Right now - as you read this - tens of thousands of fish have washed up on beaches. This is occurring from a Red Tide phenomenon which you see and smell, and also from lack of oxygen in the ocean, possiblyas deadly to you as a diabolical gas.
Right now - as you read this - What and how are you breathing? Your body needs oxygen so you are breathing. Its thats simple. , a gas which makes up 21 percent of the Earth’s atmosphere is under severe threat because we are ignoring looking after where it comes from.
All that oxygen has to come from somewhere. You might already know that it comes from photosynthetic organisms like plants. But did you know that most of the oxygen you breathe comes from organisms in the ocean?
That’s right—more than half of the oxygen you breathe comes from marine photosynthesizers, phytoplankton and seaweed - Algae. Both use carbon dioxide, water and energy from the sun to make food for themselves, releasing oxygen in the process. In other words, they photosynthesize. And they do it in the ocean.
Photosynthesizers have been in the ocean for a long time. Land plants start appearing in the fossil record 470 million years ago, before dinosaurs roamed the earth. But the ocean was producing oxygen for billions of years before that.
.The oldest known fossil is from a marine cyanobacterium, a tiny-blue green photosynthesizer that was releasing oxygen 3.5 billion years ago. In a way, we owe the ocean for all of the oxygen that comes from land plants as well, because land plants evolved from green marine algae. If there were a race to put oxygen in the atmosphere, the ocean would have one heck of a head start.
But the ocean’s long history of photosynthesis would matter very little to us if not for the photosynthesizers that live in it today. Of these, the most impressive is another cyanobacterium called Prochlorococcus. It is estimated to be more abundant than any other photosynthesizer on the planet, and to be responsible for producing 20 percent of the oxygen in the atmosphere. One in every five breaths you take, you owe to Prochlorococcus. Perhaps as amazing is the fact that scientists only discovered this super-abundant photosynthesizer in 1988—less than thirty years ago!