Ocean researcher Sylvia Earle, 2009’s TED prize winner used the opportunity to speak about protecting the ocean before its too late and shared shocking stats about its rapid decline.
Our fate depends on the ocean and every drop of water you drink, every breath you take is connected to the sea. The ocean provides us with most of our oxygen, it stabilizes temperature, forms clouds that make rain and snow and it is home to 97% of life in the world and possibly the universe. Some statistics from the past 50 years that impacted me: we’ve stolen 90% of the oceans big fish, ½ of all coral reefs have disappeared, for every pound of sea food, 10-100 pounds get thrown away and with a depletion of oxygen in the pacific tons of creatures are dying.
Earle, Sylvia. (2009, February) Sylvia Earle’s TED Prize wish to protect our oceans. [Video file] (2011, May) From web: http://www.ted.com/talks/sylvia_earle_s_ted_prize_wish_to_protect_our_oceans.html