Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Our Oceans - Hint: We're Screwed. (Video)

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Jeremy Jackson on stage during Session 1 on the Mission Blue Voyage in the Galapagos.

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Jeremy' Jackson's nickname is "Dr. Doom," and for good reason. In a talk given on TED's Mission Blue Voyage, he delivers a bracing look at the state of the ocean today, from devastated fisheries to fertilizer-spurred algal blooms that release toxic fumes around coast communities, from how climate change is rearranging the geography of the ocean, to beds of coral that have turned to ghostly gardens. But despite the downer information, Jackson delivers a funny and very inspiring call to action in this compelling talk.

It's a sobering thing to hear that scientists don't know how to "put Humpty Dumpty together again" when it comes to solving the problems we've created for our oceans. The conclusion Dr. Jackson comes to is not heartwarming, and puts all the weight of change on our own shoulders. But faced with such a dire future as he describes, one can't help but become willing to shoulder that responsibility and start changing the way we interact with ourselves, each other, and the planet.

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