Humanity is in a race to understand and reverse the destruction of life in our oceans and the wider world before climate change and other threats get out of control, Sylvia Earle, a renowned US-based scientist and explorer says.
Ahead of a talk at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney on Tuesday, Dr Earle said the scale of the challenges – from warming and acidifying seas to plastic pollution and over-fishing – were now clearly in focus.
“There’s no escape,” Dr Earle told the Herald. “Wherever you are in the world, you’re connected [to the impacts].”
While issues such as plastic pollution in the oceans and even mass coral bleaching had begun to emerge only in recent decades, the threats to our oceans were “now like an avalanche”, she said.