In the last four decades, the ocean’s fish population has plummeted. But even as the numbers drop, commercial fishing continues.
Ninety percent of certain fish species – like sharks, tuna and salmon, are being snatched from the ocean and put onto dinner plates far faster than they can reproduce. Scientists’ believe climate change and pollution have also jeopardized oceans, putting one of our most valuable natural resources at risk.
“It’s the living ocean; it’s not just rocks and water, sand and all the beautiful, natural physical structures, it’s the living ocean,” explained world-renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle.
Sylvia Earle: Saving our oceansOceanographer Sylvia Earle talks about ways to help protect, restore and preserve our oceans for generations to come.
She’s trying to save our oceans and hoping to inspire public awareness.
“We need the ocean, as the generator of the oxygen that we breathe, this fabric of life that maintains the chemistry of the planet,” said Earle.
Earle sat down with May Lee at the 2015 annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative to discuss decades of underwater discoveries and sustainable ways we all can help protect, restore and preserve our oceans for generations to come.