The international community has gathered at COP26, the high level climate change talks in Glasgow, to decide on actions aimed at curbing climate change and preventing the worst. Statements have already been made by many countries on slashing methane emissions and ending deforestation by 2030. As these talks continue, and as countries begin offering more concrete details on the logistics of the promises made thus far, it is crucial that all aspects of the earth-climate system are considered holistically.
On November 8th at COP26, Ocean Visions, in partnership with the Government of Kenya and the Thunderbird School of Global Management, are hosting a side event entitled “Scaling Carbon Removal Worldwide to Achieve the Paris Agreement and Beyond: The Power of Global Partnerships and the Oceans.”
IMPAC5: The 5th International Marine Protected Areas Congress
From 1 to 8 September 2022, the world’s leading ocean conservation professionals will meet in Vancouver, Canada to chart a course towards protecting 30% of the global ocean by 2030.
We can ensure future success in protecting the ocean by sharing our past accomplishments. We invite you—as individuals and organizations from around the world—to recount your ocean conservation journeys and lessons learned for future action in ocean protection.
Join the UN Decade for Ocean Science and the Deep Ocean Observing Strategy on September 16, 5PM – 8PM CEST, for a virtual event to explore with current and future leaders the future directions in deep ocean observing.
In 2021, we have a unique opportunity to break down silos and make connections; a chance to unite behind the ambitious targets our ocean planet needs.
If we show leadership by focussing on what is in our common interest, we can spend less time on what divides us and take a Values-Based Approach.
Our Africa, Our Ocean, Our Future
In the first-ever virtual event of its kind on the continent, a youth driven marine group called Youth4MPAs in partnership with WILDOCEANS, and supported by World Surf League PURE, The Pew Charitable Trusts and Oceans5 has launched an African Youth Summit focusing on unifying youth across Africa, engaging with global marine experts and amplifying their young voices to advocate for ocean protection.
Watch the official video launch here
As of today, public authorities, businesses, and local communities have a new valuable tool at their disposal to help them in the fight against plastic pollution. Seas At Risk has launched a multilingual interactive map offering over 150 best practices to reduce and phase out single-use plastics. The solutions shown have already proved to be effective, and can be easily replicated in other regions or developed on a wider scale. They have been collected from 27 European countries thanks to the contributions of member and partner organisations across and beyond the Seas At Risk network and the Break Free From Plastic movement.
Join Nekton Mission and the Schmidt Ocean Institute on 7th July for inspiring talks and breakout discussions on how to stimulate the public by engaging popular culture in ocean sciences and storytelling.
Dear World Health Organization
It was with dismay that we watched your latest Public Service Announcement on the Covid-19 vaccine. Conflating a serious and valid global health message with an equally serious and valid conservation challenge, using antiquated stereotypes to perpetuate a negative perception of sharks, is counterproductive to both messages.
The WHO espouses evidence-based decision-making and reporting. We therefore believe that you know the consequences of inaccurate messaging. We also believe that the WHO will know from experience that the few minutes in which an inaccurate message can be peddled takes decades of work and funding to remediate. This is no different in the conservation sector. It is therefore disheartening to see the WHO undermine credible marine science to achieve its message.
Breaking Free From Mining
A new paper published today by Seas At Risk warns about the disastrous environmental consequences of a new mining boom while showing how it can be prevented. Opening more mines on land and pushing mining into fragile ecosystems like the deep sea to fuel economic growth is not a realistic way forward. Concrete alternatives to this model already exist and can make mining unnecessary.