U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, R-R.I., and Dennis Nixon, who heads Rhode Island’s Sea Grant program, brought a message to people on World Oceans Day: The oceans are warming, increasingly acidified and littered with debris and sea levels are rising.
Whitehouse mentioned the Volvo Ocean Race Oceans Summit, which addressed marine debris, including the plastic that sailors have seen in even the most distant seas.
There is also a local story, Nixon said. Rhode Island has done a lot to clean up Narragansett Bay.
However, nationally and internationally, the story is different. Nixon addressed the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill at BP’s Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico and the fact that the ramifications of that spill are not yet known.
“They’ve taken care of us for a long time,” Whitehouse said in a video. “It’s time for us to take better care of our oceans.”