Thursday, February 5, 2009

Hope Spots

Were you watching the live broadcast of TED Talks tonight? I hope so; Sylvia Earle is an amazingly effective speaker, whose passion for the oceans is contagious. As one of three TED Talks prize winners, she got to share her wish for the world with a global audience. Sylvia Earle's wish -- to create a global network of marine protected areas -- is certainly a big wish. But it is absolutely necessary! As Sylvia said, without the oceans, there would be no life on Earth. She likened this possibility to Mars. No ocean, and no life as far as we can see. We currently have only .8% of the world's oceans as Marine Protected Areas. That's it, and it's not enough. Sylvia calls these areas "Hope Spots." To save, restore, and revitalize these Hope Spots, we need to work together to make it happen.

As Sylvia says in her book, Sea Change, "You have to love it before you are moved to save it." Do we love the oceans enough? We should; we love existing, and we wouldn't exist without the oceans.

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