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Sunken Treasures: Sylvia Earle On Why We Need To Protect The Oceans by Michael Shapiro, The Sun Magazine Interview, July 2018
Earle: The ocean is the foundation of life itself — the living ocean. It isn’t just rocks and water; it’s this amazing collection of life. We had nothing to do with making it, but we are having a lot to do with destroying it. We are cutting great swaths through the fish populations, extracting 100 million tons a year or more.
The ocean is the circulatory system of the planet, and we are the beneficiaries of it. We think that all the ocean is good for is being a dump site and a place to extract minerals, or oil, or gas, or fish, or shrimp — you name it. Or we use the ocean for transportation or to wage war. But with every breath you take, the ocean assists you, wherever you are, even if you never see it. You never see your heart either, but I’ll bet you’re glad it exists.
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The ocean really needs us to take care of it, which means we have to make choices. I wish we could have made these choices fifty years ago, but we didn’t know then what we know today. Fifty years from now, we likely won’t have the same choices. Think about the doors that are closing, the species that are being eliminated, the chemistry that is changing, the planet that is warming, the ice that is melting. We haven’t responded fast enough to hold the planet steady. Now is the time to act.
These are primarily not climate change books, instead they are books that I've found very helpful in forming a more complete picture of the world-as-it-is in general. The first one does discuss climate change in places, though. The second comprises a broader range of topics than just environmental sustainability as the title would seem to imply. Sustainability was neither a household name nor a buzzword in most regions in 2004...
- Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella H. Meadows and Diana Wright (2008). Some may be pleased to hear that there is no math whatsoever in the body of the book, but she provides an appendix describing the math and listing the equations used in constructing the text for those who wish to pursue them.
- The Hidden Connections: A Science for Sustainable Living by Frtijof Capra (2004)
- Chaos: Making a New Science by James Gleick (1987)
- Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software by Steven Johnson (2001)
Culture, Media & Politics
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell (2019). How can we change our world from a state of continuous distraction and reactive behavior? In order to take coherent action, on either the personal or collective levels, it is necessary that we are able to slow down, pay attention, and concentrate well enough to bring our disparate parts into alignment. We can hardly expect to conceive and carry out effectual actions with our minds always disjointed and pointing in all directions. See the Excerpts Page for more detail in the authors own words.