Phillippe Cousteau, grandson of French explorer, filmmaker, and ecologist Jacques-Yves Cousteau, appeared on "Real Time with Bill Maher" on Friday to explain what we are doing to our oceans and how the BP oil spill will affect the Gulf area. Cousteau called comments by some that the ocean is so big that it can easily absorb oil spills like this "bullsh*t." Video is here. A Treehugger report from Cousteau with photos from the Gulf is here.Cousteau said that our oceans couldn't withstand any more damage 50 years ago and that we must stop harming them now.
"I could cut my leg off, I could cut my arm off, I could gouge my eye out, I'd still probably survive, but not very well. And that's what we're doing to our oceans."
He spoke eloquently about areas of the oceans already experiencing massive damage from human interference.
The Florida Keys, third longest barrier reef in the world, is a dead zone. Ninety percent of the big fish, the tuna, the sharks, and other things, are already gone in the oceans. There's a dead zone in the Gulf Of Mexico every summer the size of New Jersey, where there's not enough oxygen for things to live. So it's not a question of 'Can the oceans take any more?' The oceans can't take any more. They couldn't take any more fifty years ago. The question is, when are we going to stop?