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5 Questions for David Helvarg

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1. What’s one fact everyone should know about the state of our oceans?Ninety percent of the heat we’re generating by burning fossil fuels is being absorbed by the ocean, which as a result, is becoming warmer, more acidic, and less hospitable to the diversity of life that lives within in and along its coasts (including humans).2. With all the devastation that’s happened, what keeps you hopeful that we can turn it around?I’m more frustrated than despairing, because we know what the solutions are. Stop killing fish and they tend to grow back. Don’t produce 100 million metric tons of disposable plastic every year, and it won’t end up choking turtles or concentrating toxins through the food web. What we lack is not solutions, but the political will to scale them up faster than the problems.3. You have done everything from writing, speaking, filming—even happy hour events. What has been the most effective way to persuade minds and hearts?You protect the things you love. I talk about how the ocean has been a source of wonder, thrills, and solace in my life and other …

David Helvarg organizes other seaweed rebels through his organization the Blue Frontier Campaign. His new memoir Saved by the Sea: Hope, Heartbreak and Wonder in the Blue World will be published this spring.


Alma Tassi has written for several magazines and edited books on spirituality, personal growth, and women's issues. almatassi.com.


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