The Sea and Me (1) [Marine Science and Photography student collaboration - Project Prize Winner]

Elizabeth Evans, Emilie Johnsen

Abstract


History tells us about producing humans on a growing Earth. Today’s reality reveals consuming humans on a diminishing Earth.There are over 7 billion humans on Earth. The ability to manage the human impacts on the oceans are crucial for survival of the oceans, animals and organisms in it. Humans are extremely dependent on ocean resources, and until recently we have considered the ocean to be an endless resource so plentiful that it has been beyond most human’s ability to realise that it can and will come to an end. Going back 2000 years, only 200 million humans existed. We were only a small part of this Earth with no possibility or intentions of affecting the Earth and the oceans on a big scale. Today our activities have initiated the sixth mass extinction and induced the fastest episode of climate change in Earth’s history. Humans have evolved from being a natural part of the Earth, to become the controlling force of the nature, the oceans and its outcomes through an unnatural selection focusing on our own profits and concerns.


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