Guide To Understanding Our Ocean Crisis
The film Seaspiracy has skyrocketed to the top of everyone's radar this past week since it's release, and it has been giving me so much hope to see this incredibly important topic finally getting the recognition and awareness that it needs! As a studying conservation biologist, I am constantly learning about the ways that we are changing the ocean in terms of rising temperatures, plastic and toxin pollution, ocean acidification, and harmful fishing practices. I believe that it is important to understand what is going on around the world and how we play a role on the consumer end of the issues. Once you understand a topic, it is much easier to start taking action in your own life!
All of these resources are linked to either secondhand copies of the books, or ways to watch the films online. Next week's article will build on this "guide" by featuring ways to take action in your life and/or community! If you have any suggestions or resources, please fill out our contact form on this page.
The World Is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean's Are One by Sylvia Earle
Song for a Blue Ocean: Encounters Along the World’s Coasts and Beneath the Seas by Carl Safina
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans by Sylvia Earle
Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists and Fools Including the Author Who Went in Search of Them by Donavan Hohn
Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain’s Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans by Charles Moore with Cassandra Phillips
Bottomfeeder: How to eat ethically in a world of vanishing seafood by Taras Grescoe
Sea the Truth - Watch here for free
A Plastic Ocean - Watch here for free
The Cove - Watch here for free
The End of the Line - Watch here
Revolution - Watch here
Planet Ocean - Watch here for free
Chasing Coral - Watch here for free
This list from the Ocean Conservancy has some great recommendations on a wide variety of ocean-themed books!
Find a trash cleanup to participate in, or start your own here!
Check out Zooniverse and contribute to an ocean themed research project. All of the projects require no experience, and are laid out in a really accessible and easy to follow way. I do these projects all the time in my free time because I honestly think they are so fun.