World Needs to Do More to Protect Threatened Oceans: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

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By Afza Fathima | August 13, 2014 3:28 PM EST

The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned against overfishing, and he asks the people around the world to do more to protect the threatened oceans; otherwise, it will cause risk of life. 

On Aug 11, he spoke to a bunch of high school students in Sydney at the Darling Harbour, explaining to them that they have a huge responsibility towards the ocean as it has a strong connection to mankind. 

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry boards a flight to Saudi Arabia at Queen Alia International Airport in the Jordanian capital Amman January 5, 2014.

He is presently in Sydney as he is in talks with the federal government. 

He explained to them that when one measures the salt in the human blood, it gives the story of human evolution and connection. He hopes that the nations focus their attention of a common responsibility of protecting oceans around the world. 

He feels that if every child picks up one piece of plastic from the beach and prevent people from throwing it there, then a marine mammal or bird can be saved as they usually ingest the plastic accidentally. Most marine mammals face death because of ingesting the harmful articles.

Apart from the plastic, he said that overfishing from the oceans also has certain dangers. He explained that there is too much money being spent on chasing few fish and the major fisheries around the world are in extremis or near it. 

He hopes that in the near future, there would be awareness and a new consciousness towards human's reponsiblility to the ocean. He feels that the oceans are threatened by climate change, which is impacting the acidity of it, hence impacting the ecosystem. He noted that life on Earth depends on the relationship people have with the ocean. 

He took a tour of a replica of Endeavour with sailor Jessica Watson, the youngest person to sail non-stop and unassisted all around the world in 2009, on Aug 11.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry boards a flight to Saudi Arabia at Queen Alia International Airport in the Jordanian capital Amman January 5, 2014.
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