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The Mission Blue Voyage held by TED earlier this year brought together some of the most respected and admirable people working on protecting our oceans. The catalyst behind the voyage was Sylvia Earle's TED wish, which was to boost the number of "hope spots" or protected marine areas globally. As one of the TED speakers, Greg Stone, pointed out, protecting our oceans can start with a single island. Check out his inspiring story of how he helped the Republic of Kiribati establish a huge protected area in the Pacific Ocean. Noted on the TED website, "Working with the government of Kiribati, Stone helped establish the MPA using market-based tools to conserve ocean biodiversity, in order to encourage continued local economic development rather than destruction of local communities livelihoods. Stone is the Chief Scientist for Oceans at Conservation International and a prolific author and speaker on the state of the marine environment and how policy can make change."
These simultaneously small and large steps are so important to ocean conservation, considering the vast improvements we've seen among marine habitats and wildlife when a new hope spot is created.
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