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For millions of years, the oceans have taken care of themselves, following the basic laws of ecology. The biological system starts with the plankton, and then goes all the way up to the whales. Many whale species and varieties of fish feed on the plankton. The whales, in return, take care of the plankton by providing nitrogen. Since 1950, there has been a 50 % decline in the ocean's phytoplankton, which produces over 50 % of the world's oxygen. Until today, humans have killed 90 % of the whales, and 90% of the rest of the fish. If we don't shut down all industrialized fishing operations for the next 40, 50 years, tells Paul Watson, very soon, there won't be any fishing anymore. Obviously, no decision makers, neither from the industry nor from the governments, have been really interested in acknowledging this urgent state of affairs and taking the necessary measures. To move in this direction, Watson argues, we would need a revolution. Nevertheless, he sees no reason to be depressed, nor pessimistic. First, revolutions were never made by majorities. It only takes a critical revolutionary mass of 7 %, and everyday we are getting closer to that figure. Second, says the old activist with a sense of laconic awareness, life will go on, with or without us.

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  • Paul Watson

date

21/11/2015

location

Musée de l’Homme, Paris

is the co-founder of Greenpeace and the founder of the marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd, where he has been captaine on seven different ships. He continues to lead Sea Shepherd campaigns to protect seals, bluefin tuna and pilot whales and to organize anti-poaching patrols.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
) — PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is the co-founder of Greenpeace and the founder of the marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd, where he has been captaine on seven different ships. He continues to lead Sea Shepherd campaigns to protect seals, bluefin tuna and pilot whales and to organize anti-poaching patrols.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
) — PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

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