tags: How we Wrecked the Ocean, oceans, fish, fishing industry, introduced species, biological pollution, chemical pollution, climate change, coral bleaching, Jeremy Jackson, TEDTalks, TED Talks, streaming video
In this bracing talk, coral reef ecologist Jeremy Jackson lays out the shocking state of the ocean today: overfished, overheated, polluted, with indicators that things will get much worse. Astonishing photos and stats make the case. So in a nutshell: we’ve wrecked everything around us: the water, the air, the animals, the climate, and any illusion of world peace we ever had. We’re technologically advanced, yet we’re dependent upon drugs for everything, and we’re politically indecisive, and distrustful of science. Worse, we can’t decide upon gay marriage and abortion. If there’s one thing we need, it’s to legalize same-sex unions and abortion, because both of those accomplish the one thing that can help humanity: creating fewer people. Basically, this overpopulation problem WILL be addressed one way or another, but if we don’t take immediate action, nature will, and believe me, we won’t like it.
A leader in the study of the ecology and evolution of marine organisms, Jeremy Jackson is known for his deep understanding of geological time.
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