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Lesson Plan: The Ocean a Treasure Trove for Human Medicine, Health and Wellbeing

SeaCHANGE Consortium;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2018
  • Publisher: Zenodo
The ocean makes planet Earth a habitable place to live and the marine environment is a source of vital human health benefits. Some of the invaluable benefits and services the ocean provides include: Food: Seafood is a major food staple and protein source. Transportation: 90% of all EU external trade is transported by sea and European ship owners control almost 40% of the world fleet (1). Recreation: The benefits that can be derived from spending time around the ocean are intangible. Marine tourism is the second most valuable world marine industry after shipping and transport (2). Inspiration: The ocean has provided the inspiration for many great works of art. Medicine: Biomedical products derived from marine plants and animals provide important medicinal products and health benefits. Climate Regulation: The ocean plays a key role in climate regulation especially in buffering the effects of increasing levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and rising global temperatures. Economy: Ocean-related industries provide revenue through fishing, seafood distribution, tourism, recreation and transportation. According to the EU Blue Growth programme, the ‘blue’ economy in Europe represents 5.4 million jobs and generates a gross added value of almost €500 billion a year, with further growth possible (3). The ocean is vitally important to Europe. The EU Member States have between them the largest maritime territory in the world and all of us depend on the ocean and its resources. Despite the importance of Europe’s sea areas, their sustainable development and protection faces threats from natural and human pressures. By better understanding the relationships between ourselves and the sea, we will be better able to protect these precious resources.
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free text keywords: ocean literacy, blue school, lesson plan
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  • European Marine Science Marine Environmental Science : Sea Change
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Sea Change
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 652644
  • Funding stream: H2020 | CSA
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