A Hollywood ending for the oceans?
Randy Olson, Ph.D.
University of Southern California
Wednesday, July 9, 2003
Pacific Forum – 3:00 p.m.
do we deal with the bad news? In Hollywood they give everything a happy
ending. Makes you feel good when you leave the theater. But let's be
honest about the oceans— every major ocean ecosystem is substantially
worse today than it was 100 years ago.
For the past year, Dr. Jeremy Jackson and I have been running the Shifting
Baselines project, focused on communicating "the truth about ocean
decline." We believe there's a way to lighten the bad news without
having to water it down, through a little humor, even if absurd, such as
our recent, "Stinky Symphony for the Stinky Oceans."
I will show a few clips of the symphony, conducted by actor Jack Black.
And I will discuss whether we might want to just give up on the oceans and
instead make more Hollywood fantasy films which are assured of a happy
Visit the Shifting
Baselines Media Campaign at: http://www.shiftingbaselines.org
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