There is, in truth, just one profound question we have to answer: Do we want a sick ocean, or a healthy one? And if our answer is "healthy", we cannot pretend that we can achieve it without urgent action on climate change.
It has been counter-productive just to blame religion per se for obstructive solutions to rectify and address climate change, instead of focusing on the impact that consumerism has had on the ecosystem.
During a recent presentation about Hokule'a's worldwide voyage, Polynesian Voyaging Society president Nainoa Thompson remarked that if you want to save the Earth, save the ocean. "Out of four breaths you take," he said, "three come from the ocean."
The damage from the bottled water industry isn't just to our intelligence and our wallets; it's also to the world we live in. We're severely harming the land, air and water around us, while the rest of the world pays the price for our thoughtless over-consumption.
If action isn't taken quickly and soon, I am fearful of what the long term, unrestrained use of pesticides will do to the ecology of Hawaii. What the general public needs to know, is that GMO research in Hawaii requires the use of powerful restricted use pesticides.
Protecting the oceans isn't about political power; it's about empowering the people. Forget about Citizens United. We have our voices and we have our votes, and if we have the will to win, that's all we need. We will prevail in protecting the oceans.
The story of the Phoenix Islands shows how a single small action by a few individuals can grow to enlist the expertise, energy, and passion of people around the world, from ordinary citizens to professionals to policymakers at the highest levels of government.
Each time we choose to eat an underutilized species instead of an Atlantic salmon or an over-fished cod, swordfish, or bluefin tuna, we give these stressed populations a break and discover anew the possibilities in our oceans and lakes.
It is more important than ever for us to grapple with the challenge of our dwindling fish stocks, to continue learning from one another and to communicate the excitement and possibilities of underutilized species to a larger audience.