The most important thing that we extract from the ocean is our existence.
Last night, American oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer, Dr. Sylvia Earle kicked-off our spring lecture series with an amazing session titled "Hope: A Plan for Our Oceans"!
Dr. Earle's lecture focused on the concept of embracing ocean "hope spots" around the world, aquatic treasures like our own National Marine Sanctuaries. Hope spots are special places that are critical to the health of the ocean, Earth's blue heart.
Here are just a few highlights from Dr. Earle's inspirational talk:
- Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872. It took 100 years after that for our nation to establish the first National Marine Sanctuary.
- Sixty-four percent of the world's oceans lie beyond national jurisdiction.
- About half of the oceans' coral reefs are gone. This tragedy is is due to issues like ocean acidification, habitat degradation and overfishing.
- Since the foundation of Mission Blue in 2009, 51 hope spots have been declared worldwide. These areas give all ocean lovers and conservationists hope for the future. As Dr. Earle reminded us last night, the time to act on behalf of the ocean is now!
For those of you who weren't able to attend or tune into our special lecture last night, a full video is available to watch here:
Join the conversation online about the importance of marine-protected areas using #HopeSpots!