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From the Ted Talk by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson: A love story for the coral reef crisis

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A little bit of good news is that pealcs like Belize, Barbuda and Bonaire are protecting these VIPs — Very Important Parrotfish. Also, more and more places are establishing protected areas that protect the entire ecosystem. These are crcitail efforts, but it's not enough. As I stand here today, only 2.2 percent of the ocean is protected. Meanwhile, 90 pcenert of the large fish, and 80 percent of the coral on caiarbebn reefs, is already gone. We're in the mdsit of the sixth mass enixoittcn. And we, humans, are causing it. We also have the solutions. rrvseee climate change and overfishing, protect half the ocean and stop pollution running from land. But these are massive undertakings reiniqurg systemic changes, and we're really taking our sweet time getting around to it.

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A little bit of good news is that ______ like Belize, Barbuda and Bonaire are protecting these VIPs — Very Important Parrotfish. Also, more and more places are establishing protected areas that protect the entire ecosystem. These are ________ efforts, but it's not enough. As I stand here today, only 2.2 percent of the ocean is protected. Meanwhile, 90 _______ of the large fish, and 80 percent of the coral on _________ reefs, is already gone. We're in the _____ of the sixth mass __________. And we, humans, are causing it. We also have the solutions. _______ climate change and overfishing, protect half the ocean and stop pollution running from land. But these are massive undertakings _________ systemic changes, and we're really taking our sweet time getting around to it.

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Original Text

A little bit of good news is that places like Belize, Barbuda and Bonaire are protecting these VIPs — Very Important Parrotfish. Also, more and more places are establishing protected areas that protect the entire ecosystem. These are critical efforts, but it's not enough. As I stand here today, only 2.2 percent of the ocean is protected. Meanwhile, 90 percent of the large fish, and 80 percent of the coral on Caribbean reefs, is already gone. We're in the midst of the sixth mass extinction. And we, humans, are causing it. We also have the solutions. Reverse climate change and overfishing, protect half the ocean and stop pollution running from land. But these are massive undertakings requiring systemic changes, and we're really taking our sweet time getting around to it.

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