- Created: Wednesday, 29 June 2011 16:24
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 21 June 2011 21.45 BST
When you stand on a beach looking out across an ocean, the effect can be to make you feel puny. It is easy to believe that there is little we humans can do to harm, or for that matter protect, the colossal oceans. Our perception of human impotence, of our inability to affect the oceans, is deeply rooted in the way we govern the seas today.