Friday, 2 April 2010

Revisiting Pandora's Box - Providing 'Hope' for the Ocean

It is said that in Greek mythology when Pandora opened Pandora's Box, instead of finding gifts she discovered evil and plagues. But the gods had put among the evil creatures a single good one called Hope. When Pandora replaced the lid all the evils had escaped leaving just Hope at the bottom. The world soon found though that without Hope to accompany all their troubles, humanity was quickly filled with despair. It was a great relief sometime later when Hope was let out as well.

And so it is with the ocean. Without a hearty dose of hope we might now be despairing over the state of our seas. Forty years ago it might have been unimaginable to the first Apollo astronauts viewing the blueness of our world from afar to even think that we might impact such a vast ocean. Yet the intervening years have shown that we have measurably changed the seas, predominantly in ways that do us humans that crowd in increasing numbers on the third of the Earth that is dry land, few favors.

Read more at the Huffington Post