I headed onto Ohio’s back roads for yet more stumping (and learning)… My first stop was at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, where I sat in on a lecture by Sylvia Earle, and internationally known oceanographer. Ms. Earle was a “chief scientist” with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration and is currently an “explorer in residence” with National Geographic… She sounded an alarm last night that the oceans were in a perilous situation. That is, they are massively over-fished at this point — with some species (like sharks) at 10% of what their populations once were. She attributes this to consumer demand and the evolution of “factory fishing” with huge nets, and so on. What’s more, she said there is a massive amount of pollution in the oceans as well. “We are changing the nature of nature,” she said. “And if we wait too long… we’ll destroy them (the oceans).” Ms. Earle suggests we take some of the money and technological smarts we’re funneling into going to planets like Mars — where there’s neglibible, if any, water, and using it to help the water on this planet. “We reach for the stars, but what about the starfish?” She posed. Note: Our position paper on foreign affairs includes a section on the oceans. They are crucial, to everyone. We are reliant on the oceans for life on this planet (in virtually all aspects). “In the end, we’re all sea creatures,” said Ms. Earle.