Imagine a world with increased rates of starvation, a loss of economy, dying populations of sea life, and more pollution than ever expected. These effects seem to be from some kind of world epidemic, but instead are from the silent, ghost-like carbon dioxide pollution occurring right now on Earth. If this pollution continues on the scale it is right now, we can expect our oceans to become dormant, no marine life, no ecosystems, and inevitably a loss larger than ever expected for humans. “Carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is the main pollutant that is warming Earth. Though living things emit carbon dioxide when they breathe, carbon dioxide is widely considered to be a pollutant when associated with cars, planes, power plants, and other human activities that involve the burning of fossil fuels such as gasoline and natural gas. In the past 150 years, such activities have pumped enough carbon dioxide into the atmosphere to raise its levels higher than they have been for hundreds of thousands of years”(National Geographic). Humans put 40 billion tons of excess Carbon dioxide into the air every year according to Nasa’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory, 100 times more than volcanoes do. If these statistics continue to grow at an increased rate like today, humans will have no living oceans anymore to gather resources from, and with that, humans will not have a future anymore. Carbon dioxide pollution is already affecting sea life negatively, especially organisms with shells, and vast and dynamic ecosystems. Coral reefs, one of the most important ecosystems for marine life in the ocean are decreasing in size and number because too much Carbon dioxide acidifies the water making this coral fragile and break upon impact of waves and other outside forces. These coral reefs are home to many marine organisms, especially juvenile fish that grow into the adult fish that humans rely on in the fishing industry. Excess Carbon dioxide not only destroys important ecosystems in our oceans, it can also dissolve plankton, destroy shells of lobsters and oysters, and even give fish like halibut heart attacks according to the Los Angeles Times. If these fish and ecosystems humans so desperately need disappear, starvation among people will increase drastically, as well as major crashes of economy and a lingering regret that will sit in the back of people’s minds, because the issue will never be able to be fixed again. All of these points add up to something that means a lot to most, our future, and if we continue down the route of destruction, we will inevitably lose our future. With too much CO2 in our Earth’s ocean, a destroyed world and mass extinction doesn’t seem to far-fetched. This, if thought about correctly, is a legitimate reason the world could end due to the loss of our important oceans because of Carbon dioxide pollution. If this path is continued, recovery isn’t in the end, but extinction for humans is definitely a possibility. This CO2 pollution creates a domino effect for everything in our future, “less breathable air, global food shortages, and loss of biodiversity and tourism dollars”(underthecblog). What this means is that it will only get worse unless people make a change to their Carbon footprint. When people make a change to their release of Carbon dioxide though, we could change the foreseen future. Limiting, regulating, and changing our release of excess Carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and our oceans would save our oceans, but it will not be easy by any means. Solutions include sending excess CO2 underground into safe areas, anywhere to keep it away from the atmosphere and our oceans. Another solution is to regulate the amount of CO2 released from factories and industrial complexes on a daily basis. But one of the largest solutions is a plea for everyone to regulate their own release of Carbon dioxide, less driving for example. To solve this problem, it will take a large amount of personal change, and societal change. A world without food, money, or even life doesn’t seem to be out of the picture for a future Earth, because of the Carbon dioxide pollution taking place today. This issue opened my eyes to what I need to do personally in my life and what others need to do in theirs to end our ocean destroying problem. If there is anything one must take from this issue, it’s this question. Will you change your carbon footprint and save the world you love?