Only in the last two years has The Huffington Post become a daily read for me. It is an intriguing mosaic of sensationalism, diamonds in the rough, and celebrity pulpit, but the articles can legitimately enlighten if you are not reactionary by nature. Take the following: State Of The Ocean: ‘Shocking’ Report Warns Of Mass Extinction From Current Rate Of Marine Distress. The content of this article is immensely troubling and polarizing (though I’d hope most would share the author’s sentiment), but despite striking a chord it will not resonate in the media for long, if at all. Our oceans are indeed in trouble, but what is the best way to appeal to the public and facilitate positive change before there is nothing to save? When the biggest challenges of our age are communicated in soundbytes, science is left on the cutting room floor. We know this article has scientific basis, links to several reports (State of the Ocean), studies, and forecasts narrate the ocean’s plight, but how can we effectively convey the gravity of this science and initiate a shift in our actions? How can the sustainable actions of one person or community create the paradigm shifting domino effect that will save our oceans and planet?
I hope to translate this article and the data it references into a coherent plan for a model community to reduce its impact while also presenting contrasting view points on the health of the ocean habitat.