CARL SAFINA ANSWERS A FEW QUESTIONS FOR JUNGLE GUTS
Carl Safina (pictured above with a Leatherback turtle) is a marine ecologist and founder of the Blue Ocean Institute; an organization which uses art and literature in addition to science in an attempt to connect people with the seas. He has authored the books Song For a Blue Ocean, Eye of the Albatross: Views of the Endangered Sea, and over a hundred other scientific and literary publications regarding our oceans. Carl was named one of the 100 most important conservationists of the 20th century by Audubon Magazine. I’m elated to have his voice here on Jungle Guts.
JOHNNIE: Your book Song for a Blue Ocean was published in 1998. Similarly, I recently was trying to do some research on Seahorse populations and I realized that the last major study of population declines was completed in 1997, over ten years ago. Would you say that the 90s was a sort of golden age for wildlife conservation? Have things gotten worse since that time?
CARL: Certainly not a golden age. People are still trying hard. But yes, things have generally gotten worse.