I recently watched the documentary Mission Blue on Netflix, part biography of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle, part call to action to save the oceans. Marine conservation seems to be a hot topic as of late, with ocean salinity and coral bleaching an oft referenced issue. It’s easy to see what we are losing through dramatic shots of dead coral and barren ocean compared with shots teeming with life. You can see the sorrow on the face of Sylvia Earle describing the dramatic decline she’s witnessed in her lifetime.
Overall, I enjoyed the film, it progressed as a history of Sylvia Earle’s life juxtaposed with the life and decline of the oceans. It told a nice story, had lots of beautiful underwater shots and gave you the sort of call to action that made you want to get up and do something. Only they never really gave you anything to do. They spoke of Sylvia Earle’s idea of hope spots, sort of an extended national park system for the oceans. There are some Marine parks that already exist amounting to about 1% of the Ocean, Dr. Earle has the lofty goal of 20% by 2020. Continue reading