Podcast: TED Talks series - Jeremy Jackson: How We Wrecked the Ocean

TED Talks


18:19 minutes

TED Talks series, FILMED APR 2010 - POSTED MAY 2010 - Mission Blue Voyage

In this bracing talk, coral reef ecologist Jeremy Jackson lays out the shocking state of the ocean today: overfished, overheated, polluted, with indicators that things will get much worse. Astonishing photos and stats make the case.

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Learning Goals

Jackson want to display the great tragedy that the ocean has become over the past years from human influence.

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Description and Teaching Materials

It's not about the fish; it's not about the pollution; it's not about the climate change. It's about us and our greed and our need for growth and our inability to imagine a world that is different from the selfish world we live in today." (Jeremy Jackson)

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Teaching Notes and Tips

This material can be used to explain the lasting damaging effects that humans have created for the ocean. This material also explore that the root of the issue is human behavior.


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References and Resources

A leader in the study of the ecology and evolution of marine organisms, Jeremy Jackson is known for his deep understanding of geological time. Full Bio >>


Talks, T. (2012). Podcast: TED Talks series - Jeremy Jackson: How We Wrecked the Ocean.