Analysis: My Wish: Protect Our Oceans

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If we do not change our ways, there will be neither a sea, nor will there be a place to call home. Changes in the sea affect all of us, not just the creatures swimming in it. In “My Wish: Protect Our Oceans,” an idea expressed live on the TED talk stage, Sylvia Earle shares her discoveries on how the oceans creatures, and its natural resources have been depleted by more than ninety percent in the last fifty years.
According to the TED talk website, “TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks.” TED launched in 1984, and since then, they have allowed thousands of speakers to share their ideas globally, in over a hundred different languages (“Our Organization”). Earle, one of the thousands
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Earle states, “Water from the sea forms clouds that return to the land and the seas as rain, sleet, and snow, and provides home for about ninety-seven percent of the life in the world, maybe in the universe.” If it was not for the sea forming clouds, we would not be able to grow crops, store water and so much more. In addition, ninety-seven percent of Earth’s water is ocean. The other three percent that is not found in the ocean, is located in glaciers and ice, beneath the ground, in rivers and lakes (Earle). If people still believe the ocean is not important, envision Earth without an ocean. Many people think of Mars. No ocean, means no life support …show more content…
For instance, in 1972, National Marine Sanctuaries were established to act as a counterpart in the sea. This has helped protect numerous endangered ecosystems. Some sanctuaries today are used to protect endangered whales and coral reefs. Coral reefs are vital components of ocean health; they provide home for at least twenty-five percent of all marine species, and because coral reefs are very delicate they are being destroyed by pollution, overfishing and climate change (Earle). Earle claims, “In the last three years, for example, the United States protected 340,000 square miles of ocean as national monuments. But it only increased from 0.6 of one percent to 0.8 of one percent of the ocean protected, globally.” The protected areas will eventually recover, but unfortunately it takes centuries to restore the damages that have been done over the

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