June 8 is World Oceans Day, a good time to listen again to legendary marine biologist Sylvia Earle's 2009 TED talk. Earle shares astonishing images of the ocean -- and shocking statistics about its rapid decline -- gathered over 50 years of research. The effects of the changes in the ocean, by what we've taken out and what we've put in, matter to us all. Now, it matters more than ever that we participate in Earle's big wish: that we will join her in protecting the vital blue heart of our planet.


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  • jeffrey farrar dean

    Shall we parish without it, most....

  • Kathy

    The message of saving our oceans to save our planet really needs to get out to the world community. Saving our environment is the MOST important cause we can take up as a species, but this has to be world-wide.

  • Gauri

    Very enlightening....

  • Heather

    What inspired you about this video? It was a good reminder of how precious life is for everyone and everything. Thank you for showing it again.

  • Mohandas

    Remarkable and very useful video. Thanks for bringing it back .

  • Lyn Nee

    This vital video reminded me of all the waste that happens when harvesting the seas. How many people would love to be able to consume this and never be hungry!!!...

  • Bob Jackson

    Beautiful! Take time to watch this. Love, Bob



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  • Learn more about Mission Blue, the organization formed in response to Sylvia Earle's 2009 Ted Prize wish to raise awareness about critical ocean issues.
  • Explore the oceans yourself with the new Google Earth!
  • Reflect on the dependence of all species on water; resolve to change one habit to help protect this precious resource.

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