How we wrecked the ocean

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“…in the final analysis, the thing we really need to fix is ourselves. It’s not about the fish; it’s not about the pollution; it’s not about the climate change. It’s about us and our greed and our need for growth and our inability to imagine a world that is different from the selfish world we live in today. So the question is: Will we respond to this or not? I would say that the future of life and the dignity of human beings depends on our doing that.”


This past fall, I had the privilege of hearing the renowned ecologist Dr. Jeremy Jackson speak at the 2013 Western Society of Naturalist Meeting. What I most appreciate about Dr. Jackson, is that he gives it to you straight. No bullshit. And I respect that.

I encourage you all to check out his 2010 TED talk “How We Wrecked the Ocean“.

Alex Warneke (67 Posts)

Alex Warneke currently resides as a graduate student at San Diego State University. As a chemical ecologist, Alex’s research focuses on the effects of heavy metal pollutants on the chemical communication between organisms. In her “free time,” Alex enjoys convincing the public that Ecology is indeed sexy. With that goal, she is a strong proponent of unconventional science communication and extending the broader impacts of her research to the general public using the outlets of film and social media. When she is not busy busting a move in the cold room or filming her next rap video, she can normally be found frolicking through the California kelp forest.

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