“We need to defend diversity on land and in the sea and we need solutions, and these solutions can only be realized by harnessing the imaginative side of human culture – the arts.”
Millions of sharks end up in prestigious restaurant tables as shark fin soup, whale sanctuaries get looted for new beer brands or exclusive dog food. More fish get eaten by house cats than by seals while hundred of miles of drift nets vacuum clean the sea. Anything wrong with that? After all, there are plenty of fish in the sea and the supermarkets are stacked, right?
Not for long, if we believe the scientists. 2048 seems to be the overall accepted deadline for the collapse of all commercial fisheries, and already by 2025 all the coral reef ecosystems in the world will be gone. Leading environmentalists already see the end of most sea life happening in 6–16 years.
Diminishment of biodiversity in our ocean is the single greatest threat to the survival of humanity. With diminishment of species in our oceans comes diminishment of the quality of life for humanity. What are the causes of this continuing mass extinction and imminent threat to our collective survival?
Human overpopulation and overconsumption of resources are the primary threats, and they bring chemical, oil, noise and plastic pollution with them.
Global warming, ocean acidification, over-fishing, agricultural run-off. The threats are many, but so are the solutions.