The loss of these organisms affects the whole ecosystem. And we are all connected to this ecosystem…
You can see here how shell–building animals, like pteropods, are connected to other species. If these animals struggle to survive it could cause shifts in the ocean food web. This may threaten the balance of the global food web system of which we are all a part.
But, we don’t want to wait to see how bad it gets. We must take logical steps now to ensure that we will have a healthy ocean in the future.
As we have already seen, humans are amazing innovators. We created an energy system that improved our lives but which we now know is causing major problems in our ocean. The key to getting our ocean back to functioning the way it should is to get away from using fossil fuels for energy.
What actions really make a difference?
This section brings humans back into the narrative, as we are all connected to the ecosystem. The concept of interconnectedness is expanded as we examine OA impacts on the ocean food web. Connecting individual animals introduced in Slide 7 to the larger global food web system, of which humans are a part, guides people back to the systems view.
Now that we have reached the end of the explanatory chain, we briefly summarize the key concepts of the narrative before transitioning back to the solutions mentioned at the very beginning.
We cue Values (Responsible Management and Innovation), identify the problem and its cause, frame the need for collective solutions on a systems scale, and revisit the metaphor of rampant carbon dioxide.