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Thursday's Connector: Greta Scacchi

May 11th, 2010
12:36 PM ET

As parts of the Gulf of Mexico continue to be devastated by one of the worst oil spills in U.S. history, one environmental campaigner by the name of Greta Scacchi has been warning for years that the state of the world's oceans are in peril.

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Fifty-year old Greta Scacchi, is both a well-known film actress and environmentalist and has been arguing for years on the deadly impact that overfishing has on the world's oceans.

Scacchi has appeared in a number of campaigns to promote the health of the oceans and has even posed nude to raise awareness for the plight of blue fin tuna.

Born in 1960 in Milan, Italy, Scacchi studied acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and starred in her first film in 1982.

Scacchi went on to star in other films including "White Mischief", "The Ebony Tower", and "The Coca Cola Kid".

In 1996, Scacchi won an Emmy award for her portrayal of Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna of Russia in the television film "Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny".

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  1. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Greta Scacchi and CNN friends,

    What needs to be done to make the water in the Gulf of Mexico oil and pollution free? What needs to be done to make the world go GREEN(use green energy)?

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Paramaribo, Suriname

    May 11, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  2. Fada Solomon

    Oil spils have caused so much devastation and untold hardship in the niger delta, south south Nigeria, yet no one seems to bother. why should we be concerned about the recent spill in the gulf of Mexico ? is it because the U.S. is affected?


    May 12, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Reply
  3. Judith

    A general energy quistion, not particuler offshore drilling.

    We live in a world with an increasing demand for energy, this is not going to stop. Do you think we can we can produce enough green energy that could fulfill this? Because i think we can't (i wish we could!) and so we have to rely on energy that could hurt our natural environment. For example oil, gas- the question of on or offshore drilling is like chosing between the lesser of two evils- or even nuclear energy.

    We should all use less energy but we simply don't with more than 6 billion people and for the near future green energy won't be the answer.

    What is your opinion on this contradiction or even
    an evil hypocrisy?

    The Hague, the Netherlands.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:11 am | Reply
  4. kuk kabah


    Thanks for doing what you are doing.

    Kuk K,

    May 13, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  5. Peter

    Not only gulf of Mexico , all world in danger in this time

    May 13, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Reply
  6. Bernie

    I think the greatest danger facing all of US today is this splitist atittude where one country,culture, or interest is pittied against another;this tends to leave a group of lobbying lawyers to arm-wrestle out the winner. It seems, that if only a minority percent of the various scientists are correct in their predictions/forcasts, WE are all in for a lot of unprecedented carnage.There is something fundamentally wrong with OUR economic modeling. Are we so omnipotent that we are capable of sustaining OURSELVES independently of the intracacy of our bio-geological foundation ? How long can we continue to dodge self-inducing extinction ??

    May 13, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  7. Robert Gonzalez

    After all the devasting damage to the ecology do you think the US goverment should continue giving exploration/production concessions to BP in the future?


    Caracas, Venezuela.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  8. Roberto

    the world needs to be saved.


    May 13, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Reply
  9. Michael R Zurich, Switzerland

    Thanks for trying.
    Never mind the bit of oil in the Gulf, Dow Jones will tell us what to do, until we all sink below the waves, flying the flag of Globalisation.

    May 13, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  10. Merkin

    Fada the Nigerian sez: "Oil spils have caused so much devastation and untold hardship in the niger delta, south south Nigeria, yet no one seems to bother. why should we be concerned about the recent spill in the gulf of Mexico ? is it because the U.S. is affected?"

    Yes. And your point is....?

    May 13, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Reply
  11. Kilauea/Ariiteuira

    Dear Greta,

    Wish I could leave my job and spend my days fighting for that cause especially since for us "islanders" the ocean is part of our life on a daily basis. I hope that your authorities will do their best to clean up quickly PLUS move and save birds, plants, shrimps crabs, fishes and others animals from there . I am so sad about it! We do have spills from boat cleanning up their oil tank in the area sometimes;but the worst is that people take the ocean as a CONVENIENT PERFECT HUGE CARBAGE CAN!! My question: Have you already lighten leaders in your country to join your cause? Are they many interested in it? How are they involved? thank you and love from

    Kilauea Ariiteuira
    French Polynesia

    May 13, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  12. Alexander

    Hello Greta,

    what are your thoughts on Taras Grescoe's bottomfeeder?

    I am looking forward to hear your thoughts.

    May 13, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  13. Carolyne

    (1) What is your opinion on the current liability cap on oil companies and what needs to be done to raise it?

    (2) Given the $75m limit that Congress has put on BP's liability, who will pay for the clean up? Who will cover for the billions required to compensate the losses of the fishing industry?

    (3) What needs to be done to re-regulate the oil industry and put back the safeguards that were deregulated under Bush-Cheney?

    Thank you and best regards from Sweden

    May 13, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  14. Anita Hayes

    The fisheries and oceans are in deep trouble. May never to rebuild this mess in the gulf. Specially if it flows past the Keys and up the Atlantic coast.

    May 13, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  15. Manny

    Dear Greta,
    Even that I yet to see your nude pics, I have an idea of why it is more then over fishing that is finishing our dear planet and the oceans and natural hebitates.
    The reason start with the way we live.
    Lets take the USA for example.
    In the USA we mostly live in standalone houses which spread through vast distances. Affective public transport, affective environmental protection and affordable housing are all impossible. The need of Americans are huge compare to Chinese, for example, and that is why protecting nature will take a low preiority in order to survive the nightmare of our infrastracture. And Europe is no diferant.
    The life style of the west and thier followers in the east is the reason.
    Belive it or not, but the only way out is to force the western world to live in Soviet style apartment complexes. That is the only way out.

    May 13, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Reply
  16. Brian Clark

    Greta, Hello from Scotland,
    You have been and are doing great work so keep it up !

    Judith from The Netherlands does not think we can produce enough green energy from the Sea but as an engineer I can say she is very wrong................most of the Sun's radiated energy is stored in the Sea !!
    All we have to do is harness it, in fact when we create a stable Nuclear Fusion (as opposed to Fission) Reaction,,,,,,,,,,,,Seawater will become our fuel of the future !!.................meanwhile wave and tidal power must be harnessed. Even now we work on it in the Hadron Collider in Cern.

    Did you know the the Isotope Deuterium in Seawater will be a fuel of the future and all the oil and coal is far more valuable as chemicals ?

    Brian Clark in Scotland

    May 13, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  17. Nostromo

    Yes, the oceans are very sick: thousands of ships plough the high seas discharging millions of tons of garbage into the sea; overfishing has left many banks understocked; oil-rig disasters or tanker break-ups add their polluting oil to the waves.
    Meanwhile, the emerging super-powers – China, India and Brazil – continue with their growing economies. And with continuing pollution. Who are we in the west to tell China to stop polluting, to stop making cars, for instance. These countries will grow, and in doing so 1.5% of Chinese vehicle owners will become 10......20....30......40% and the CO2 level will rise alarmingly – and polluted sea-water will do so also.
    And there is nothing we can do about that, I muchly fear.
    So a big spill from an oil-rig in the gulf is little matter. However many CSP towers we build, they wont help much; however many wind-farms we make, little impact will be noticed; however much we turn back to nuclear power, little effect it is going to have on the global system; however much Europe, the USA and Japan manage to cut back on their CO2 levels, contamination, pollution, little can be expected when China and India continue developing – as they should – when the population of each of these two countries surpass the combined populations of Europe, USA and Japan.
    I see the future of this planet going through dire straits – and the population continues increasing.
    La Rioja, Spain

    May 13, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  18. Hollie

    Have they considered or tried using hydrophobic sand to contain the spill as well as plug the hole? My research shows that it was created for that purpose.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Reply
  19. Jack

    Isn't world population the cause of all the problems in the world? Shouldn't the whole world adapt a one child norm for the next 50 years?

    May 13, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  20. w. van buren

    To Judith and others.

    Earth will indeed be saved. Green energy will arise.
    While the USA are busy trying to stop the leak in the gulf, Northern Korea has succesfully tested their nucleair fusion discovery and had realised what scientists are looking for for decades. They are now capable of building devices to produce almost endlesly clean energy, like the sun does.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  21. Tony


    The biggest threat to the world's oceans is ocean acidification. Oil spills are nothing by comparison.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Reply
  22. Tito D. Sapetin

    The Nature Law

    Let us look the nature's law and must implement it in a right way to the right people and right place and time.

    God has created all temporal things couple with laws and all people must follow the rules.

    Everything is for all benefits in life but it also in danger for their way if the rules of laws are excluded.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Reply
  23. Sinny

    the biggest threat to our nature is oil spills.

    May 14, 2010 at 12:58 am | Reply
  24. Charlie Avila

    And, to do what you do in behalf of the world's oceans health, you have to pose NUDE, I want to see you and pose nude with you too. Is this OK???. I 'll support you, Greta!!!!....you're a beautiful woman.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:03 am | Reply
  25. Dino Bennett

    Hello Greta,
    Your stand on important issues remind me of your values expressed in Tirennia. God Bless you in all your endeavours. Your Tennis Lessons are always available.
    Dino Bennett

    May 14, 2010 at 1:05 am | Reply
  26. Patrick M.

    This article really doesn't tell us anything. So, Greta Scacchi says the Oceans are in trouble. Why? What proof does she have? Who agrees? Who disagrees?

    May 14, 2010 at 3:25 am | Reply
  27. Julian Constantine

    There is a fundamental issue at stake with regard to the world we live in. There are too many people to support without high energy technological support. We can mitigate some of the environmental problems simply by being less wasteful but we cannot solve the malthusian problem. Economy of scale is fundamental to continued provision of the fundaments and large scale solutions create large scale consequences. We are now inextricably linked to our macroenvironment and cannot exist in any numbers without it. Destruction of that environment is one of the preconditions for our continued existence in our current and projected numbers. Run the numbers.

    May 14, 2010 at 5:16 am | Reply
  28. Droos

    If the money spent by private firms and governments on military research, how to build really fast cars and growing square watermelons was used to research alternative energy we would not be having this blog right now.

    The fact is that its a mind set change that has to take place. Half the planet cant even feed themselves, why would they care about where energy come from. In fact, half the planet doesn’t even know why the sun rises every day! Half of our problems are from irresponsible population growth. The only way to save the human race is through technology but it will still only benefit those who can afford it.

    So, its my opinion, that there are two main factors that’s at the root of the howl worlds problems:
    1. Unchecked population growth
    2. The monetary system
    To no1 there’s no humane solution. To no2. there’s no solution that will be excepted.
    Humanity has already past the crossroads and chose wrongly.

    May 14, 2010 at 8:26 am | Reply
  29. James


    No one cares about Nigeria especially the Nigerians ! Thats why !!!

    May 14, 2010 at 11:35 am | Reply
  30. Tito D. Sapetin


    All dilemmas entering into our lives and the whole world as a results of individual puzzle in missions. In human laws it is part of individual selfishness, if nature law, due to human abandoning the rules, massive poverty and famines around the world come in because of abandoning the rules of love through charity.

    Where is the true understanding of life and love?

    May 24, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  31. Bed Guard ·

    oil spills always do great environmental damage and it would always cost millions of dolalrs to repair "

    November 9, 2010 at 2:38 am | Reply

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