World Oceans Day 2012 - Live Webcast

On World Oceans Day - June 8th, 2012 - the Living Oceans Foundation hosted a live web-based conversation between Sylvia Earle at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and a team of scientists researching coral reefs and their communities around the Galapogos Islands. The team was aboard the research vessel the Goldon Shadow at the northern tip of the Galapogos giving us updates on corals in the area and their resiliency to bleaching events and other ocean changes. 

The video begins with four short films about marine protected areas in the US and their update from the field is followed by a discussion among youth ocean leaders led by Sylvia Earle. 

 

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Probably the most critical challenge for the people of earth over the next decade, is preventing further debris and waste accumulation, stopping debris dumping into the ocean, and protecting our oceans effectively to allow the regeneration of ocean species such as sea grass, corals, fish, turtles, whales, & birds. This is not something that can wait, the damage is already reaching critical. For the future of our planet and human survival, we need effective protections and initiatives across the world to help fix the consequences of historical and ongoing human exploitation. The oceans need joined up political will, they need large scale fixed Marine Conservation Zones, and smaller transient ones for fishing. The survival of humanity depends on mankind having a Symbiotic relationship with nature and our environment, on land, and at sea - this years Rio+20 summit may be the last opportunity to effect timely and effective agreements and initiatives for the future sustainability of planet earth - political leaders have to look beyond profit and loss to reach consensus, and agree to a more balanced and shared future.