Saturday, May 22, 2010

Jeremy Jackson: How we wrecked the ocean

Another great TED talk, this time from Coral Reef ecologist Jeremy Jackson. A professor at the prestigious Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Jackson "lays out the shocking state of the ocean today: overfished, overheated, polluted, with indicators that things will get much worse"

To many of us oceans seem huge, mysterious and immune to human activities, but like any other ecosystem or natural resource it can be depleted and is currently facing a "perfect storm" of overfishing, pollution, warming and ocean acidification.

We can try protecting parts of it, fixing up certain areas, but the thing we really need to fix says Jackson "is ourselves"

Compelling viewing

Hat tip: Hot Topic

Note: One of the problems facing the oceans is excessive nutrient run off and pollution with toxic chemicals, both problems that can be at least partially tackled by solutions such as those provided by our last TTKD speaker Kevin Venville from H20 Pure Plus.
So it's not as though we don't have solutions, what we require is a change in mindset.

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