Oceans

Your ideas for saving the ocean

Posted by: Matthew Trost

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We asked our Twitter fans on @missionblue to share their ideas for saving the ocean. Here’s a sampling of what they replied:

@galapa_gal: Placing GPS units on all registered vessels like they are doing now in Galapagos good idea however pirates still fish

@oceanuni: fund research in healthcare to reduce amount of plastics/ improve disposal/ reduce biohazards

@davidwsaunders: quit serving straws in all those drinks you get at the bars and restaurants.

@selinjessa: get the word out, and touch people through film, stories, art, etc.

@oceansolutions: recycle wastewater and capture more urban runoff.

@oceanuni: up-cycle military drones/ UAVs for Ocean health monitoring with offshore landing/ data relay pads.

@leighleighsf: What about an adoption program? Can people adopt a portion of a hope spot/fundraise/create awareness?

@teamsharkwater: Lead, Follow or step aside. Together we can stop shark finning and save humanity!

@galapa_gal: Scholarships for Galapagos students so they can study abroad with a commitment to return and apply their knowledge in the isles

What are your ideas? Post in the comments here, or join the conversation on Twitter!

Comments (2)

  • Reindeer Instructor commented on Apr 14 2010

    First it’s the dichotomy we live under that has us thinking we are “a” one cohesive community unit – when in actuality we really are individual “bubbles” living in realities we pick and choose; as demonstrated by the spectacular accomplishments we’re capable of when great tragedy strikes… With that said; I (one person) given a year, could with scuba equipment and other shared community tools and eventually people etc. could easily manhandle and take absolute charge of a quarter mile of ocean beach front, cleaning, monitoring performing demographics and of this here nature. Given the rest of people available, my point is made. I’m not saying this will save the planet – I’m just illustrating the point that mediocrity exists in all “trickle down” aspects of life. As it goes, we like mediocrity (making living together with large amounts of people easier) hence the maintenance of our planet too, will fall under this purview of mediocrity. Not so much an answer but rather food for thought.

  • Theodore A. Hoppe commented on Apr 10 2010

    I originally posted this comment at the Joel Levine talk about, Why We Need To Go Back To Mars:
    Stephen Hawking said, “”I don’t think the human race will survive the next 1,000 years unless we spread into space.” But exploring space is very, very expensive. We seem to have more pressing concerns here at home. Robert Ballard in his TED talk about exploring the oceans makes an excellent point when he says, “If you compare NASA’s annual budget to explore the heavens, that one year budget would fund NOAA’s budget to explore the oceans for 1,600 years. Why? Why are we looking up? Is it because it’s heaven?” He goes on to ask why are we afraid of the oceans? We know so little about such a large part of this planet. Its like owning a large house and only living one room. As a taxpayer in the US, I suggest we postpone the expensive plane trip and spend some time down by the ocean instead.