SYLVIA EARLE: MY WISH: PROTECT OUR OCEAN
Mrs Sylvia Earle (78) (TED Talk: My wish: Protect our oceans 2009) living legend is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with a deep commitment to research through personal exploration. Has spent the past five decades exploring the seas. During that time she has seen a sharp decline in the number of ocean life and biodiversity - and a sharp increase in the number of oceanic dead zones and oil drilling sites.
Netflix has an original doc Mission Blue on the life and work of Earle. you should see it.
Between 1950 and 2014, has died the half of coral reefs of the oceans (by multiple reasons)
Between 1950 and 2014, Pacific bluefin tuna, sharks and North Atlantic cod were caught to near extinction. Between 5% and 10% remain
Dead zones are hypoxic (low-oxygen) areas in the world’s oceans and large lakes, caused by “excessive nutrient pollution” from human activities coupled with other factors that deplete the oxygen required to support most marine life in bottom and near-bottom water. In 1975, there was ONE documented dead zone. In 2014, there are over 500.
Oil drilling in the Gulf Coast does not start and end with the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster of 2010 But the practice started more early than you think. In 1947, there was only one oil drilling site. In 2014, there are more than 30,000.
- Photo by Mission Blue / Sylvia Earle
- via Vista al Mar