Shifting Baselines

Softcoral Porn

Would sexier oceans get a bigger budget?
In 2006, the U.S. alone spent an estimated $13.3 billion on the sex and porn industry. Worldwide, it was estimated sex industry sales were $97 billion.

Meanwhile, as of 1999, the entire world was spending only about $6 billion on nature reserves globally. The Sea Around Us Project will soon release a study showing the global cost of marine protected areas (MPAs) to be an estimated $1 billion.

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What’s a marine protected area got to do? Do we need to make the oceans sexier to get money for them? Maybe some softcoral porn will do the trick.

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I hate to call into question the national or global fiscal priorities, but the global ecosystem provides us with an estimated $33 trillion worth of value annually and we’re throwing $6 billion at it in return (and $1 billion to MPAs)?

Comments

  1. #1 user
    November 26, 2007

    it looks like a sexy, sexy burn victim

  2. #2 Milan
    November 26, 2007

    There is an unclosed ‘b’ or ‘strong’ tag in this entry. It is making everything below it bold face.

  3. #3 Ron Jeremy
    November 26, 2007

    Unclosed bold is the new sexy.

  4. #4 Coturnix
    November 26, 2007

    Bold is sexy. Timid is not.

    I’ll never think of coral….the same way again…

  5. #5 scs
    November 26, 2007

    I am in complete agreement. How oh how do we make MPAs more seductive?? Even jellyfish are sexier than MPAs. Perhaps we need a Pamela equivalent for the marine conservation movement. Jennifer- it’s a toss up between you and my screen saver..

  6. #6 Kevin
    November 26, 2007

    I propose an ocean tax on sex and porn. We could turn our vices into virtues. That could even be a campaign slogan. Now we just need a candidate willing to come out in support of environmentally conscious masturbation.

  7. #7 Coturnix
    November 26, 2007

    I am surprised that no commenter mentioned the hard coral yet…

  8. #8 ARU
    November 26, 2007

    Wow…yeah, just wow.

  9. #9 Kevin
    November 26, 2007

    I made an off the wall comment earlier, but I do recognize how misplaced our priorities are. Your financial comparisons are a sad commentary on the state of the world. Unfortunately, I don’t see that changing anytime in the immediate future.

  10. #10 Coturnix
    November 27, 2007

    And note: just because we are having fun in the comments does not mean we did not understand the real message of your post.

  11. #11 Jennifer L. Jacquet
    November 27, 2007

    I think the comparison between expenditures on sex vs. marine protection is quite a stretch, myself. But Pamela Lee Coral is a nice reminder of our whack priorities…

  12. #12 Yonja Sohbet
    August 18, 2011

    Wow…yeah, just wow.