Wednesday, July 13, 2016

JMIH 2016:Plenary #2

The second plenary was an ASIH plenary involving oceans and underwater exploration. The presentation began with explaining that we need to get kids connected with nature and that Earth is a system for the support of life that, due to humans, is collapsing and that we need to see all the changes that are happening. This can be difficult because most of the life on Earth lives in "the dark", obscure, shadowy places, like caves, isolated islands, and underwater. But we can light "the dark" and expose its biodiversity with modern technology that allows humans to go into "the dark" and stay there. And with this technology, we can reveal that even though we can't detect animals' feelings, we're still all connected as living creatures on Earth. What we do to the animals eventually gets reflected back at us. In the 1970s, mixed-gender aquarist teams were unthinkable but women were interested. There was a huge amount of questioning because females in science were a rare thing at that time, but eventually, the scientists in charge let them form an all-female team. Because, in their own words, "Well, half the fish are female." Then, the presentation began to discuss how we need to change the world and explained that we, as humans, want to understand things. This means that independent research is some of the most driven research as it is fueled not by grant money, but by the natural human drive to understand things. With enough independent research, we can democratize the sea. The main takeaway from that session was the following. With current technology, we can stabilize the world. Now is our only chance to do that. We know we need to. We know the problems exist. We have the power to fix them and we need to do it now

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