The Blog Aquatic » vision for a healthy ocean http://blog.oceanconservancy.org News, opinions, photos and facts from Ocean Conservancy Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:32:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Philippe Cousteau on CNN: Ocean is Source of Hope and Solutions http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/03/25/philippe-cousteau-on-cnn-ocean-is-source-of-hope-and-solutions/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/03/25/philippe-cousteau-on-cnn-ocean-is-source-of-hope-and-solutions/#comments Mon, 25 Mar 2013 17:26:25 +0000 Guest Blogger http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=5284  

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Ocean Conservancy’s Dennis Takahashi-Kelso and Board Member Philippe Cousteau tour Bay Jimmy, LA. and the surrounding marsh affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

This post originally appeared on CNN.com from Ocean Conservancy Board Member Philippe Cousteau. Explorer, social entrepreneur and environmental advocate, Philippe Cousteau is a special correspondent for CNN International. He is also the co-founder and president of the leading environmental education nonprofit EarthEcho International.

My grandfather Jacques Cousteau and my father Philippe dedicated their lives to revealing the ocean’s wonders and helping us understand our connection to this vast expanse of water. Their work inspired generations and filled people with awe.

Times have changed and so have circumstances and perceptions about the ocean. In recent years, the focus has been on the very serious challenges the ocean faces and the impact these challenges are already having on our daily lives.

The effects of climate change, pollution and overfishing should be making headlines because the ocean and all of us — and I literally mean all humankind — who depend on its resources are facing the very real prospect of the catastrophic collapse of ocean ecosystems if we continue on our current course.

Despite the challenges our ocean faces, I believe it’s time to recapture the sense of wonder and inspiration my grandfather and father felt when they gazed on its surface. In fact, the ocean can and should be a source of hope and solutions for a brighter future.

Before you accuse of me of eschewing cold hard reality for a world view through rose-colored glasses, hear me out. What I’m proposing is that we step back and look at the potential a healthy ocean has to provide us with a prosperous and sustainable future.

Just take a moment to think about what the ocean does for us on a daily basis: it produces half of the world’s oxygen; it provides more than one billion people with their primary source of protein; its natural eco-systems like coral reefs, mangroves and wetlands provide protection against coastal erosion and natural disasters such as tsunamis; it regulates our climate; and a healthy ocean fuels sustainable businesses and a strong economy in industries such as seafood, tourism, pharmaceuticals and shipping.

That’s really only the beginning. Check out Ocean Conservancy’s “Why the Ocean Matters” feature if you want to be truly amazed. My point is the answers to many of our greatest environmental and social challenges literally surrounds us.

For the ocean to continue to do what’s it’s done for millions of years and serve the needs of a rapidly expanding human population, it needs to be healthy. Biodiversity, coral reefs, wetlands and trash-free seas aren’t just terms on a page they are environmental imperatives that dictate the future of the planet.

We have the know-how and resources to conserve and restore the aquatic and marine systems that keep the ocean and us healthy. As my grandfather once said, “The technology that we use to abuse the planet is the same technology that can help us to heal it.”

Big technology like renewable energy, carbon sequestration and advances in aquaculture certainly have a major role in restoring the ocean and the planet to a healthy balance, but in many cases it’s a matter of giving nature the space and time to do what it needs to do with a helping hand from all of us.

“The good news is technology and future-focused groups are providing us with some great tools and resources to get inspired and make smart decisions
Philippe Cousteau, environmental advocate

Regulations that help replenish and protect fish stocks, restoration and conservation projects to protect and nurture natural barriers like reefs and wetlands, and reforestation efforts are all things that can have a huge impact on ocean health with no rocket science necessary.

Take fisheries for example, with two billion people joining us on this planet over the next 40 years, there will be a huge need for more sources of protein. If these needed protein sources were to come primarily from livestock there is the very real potential for catastrophic pollution of water and land, not to mention the exponential increase in carbon emissions.

But, by some estimates, simply managing fisheries better could feed up to one billion of those people and remember, seafood is 7-10 times more efficient as a source of protein than land-based meat sources … if managed properly.

If you are thinking this all sounds like the future of the ocean is in the hands of policymakers and big industry, please think again. Every hour of every day each of us have the opportunity to make choices with impact, from what we eat and the things we buy to the examples we set for our children and friends.

The good news is technology and future-focused groups are providing us with some great tools and resources to get inspired and make smart decisions. For example: the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch pocket guide and Ocean Conservancy’s Rippl app or EarthEcho’s Water Planet Challenge.

We can make sure the ocean continues to provide inspiration, wonder and solutions for generations, however, it all comes down to personal and collective will. Ask yourself this question: When you look upon the ocean 10 years from now, do you want to see a sad reminder of what could have been; or do you want to be filled with awe and inspired by a sense of endless possibilities?

Watch: Going Green: Oceans on Friday March 29 at 15:30 GMT

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This Week’s Top Tweets: March 2 – 8 http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/03/08/this-weeks-top-tweets-march-2-8/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/03/08/this-weeks-top-tweets-march-2-8/#comments Fri, 08 Mar 2013 21:14:28 +0000 Guest Blogger http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=4985 This week’s top tweets ranges from endangered species to insightful ideas, with a little bit of humor thrown into the mix. Check them out and let us know which one was your favorite in the comments!

1. Shark Scarcity?

Our most popular tweet of the week deals with an updated report on the amount of sharks that are killed every year by humans, with the tally at a sobering 100 million. That’s 30 to 60 percent higher than sharks can sustain at their current population growth rates, which illustrates how large of a problem dwindling shark populations are becoming. With sharks being such a naturally powerful maintenance mechanism in the ocean, this is definitely a conservation issue worth looking into.

2.The Threat to Manta and Mobula Rays is a Global One

This tweet shows a striking video of just what level of trouble manta and mobula rays are in these days throughout the world. What’s more? The video shows that with all this exploitation throughout the globe of these creatures, none of them are sustainably caught.

3. Going Underwater With Google Maps

Google Maps has a lot of cool features, but this one of street view underwater is by far our favorite–and apparently a lot of yours, too!

4. What’s Your Vision for a Healthy Ocean?

This week, our new president and CEO, Andreas Merkl, published a blog post calling for suggestions and input from the greater Ocean Conservancy community. Ocean Conservancy wants you to help us shape the vision for a healthy ocean by sharing what you think a healthy ocean is, what the ocean signifies as an important resource issue, and how these priorities can be transmitted into ideas. Leave a comment on Andreas’ blog post and help us shape this vision and move forward!

5.Whale, Meet Bird

Our last top tweet this week will send us off into the weekend on a humorous note from this gif. This close-up encounter of a whale and a bird give Roger Federer a run for his money!

As always, we’ll be tweeting regularly from @OurOcean for all of your ocean-based news and entertainment.

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A New Website for Ocean Conservancy is Here http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2012/11/06/a-new-website-for-ocean-conservancy-is-here/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2012/11/06/a-new-website-for-ocean-conservancy-is-here/#comments Tue, 06 Nov 2012 15:36:59 +0000 Guest Blogger http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=3451

As I look back at the run Ocean Conservancy has had in the digital space over the last several months, I can’t help but be proud and humbled:

Proud of the work we’ve done to create some fantastic products and campaigns to get our supporters more involved in the fight for a clean and healthy ocean. And humbled by the immensely talented and driven individuals I’m privileged to work and create with every day.

Over these months, we’ve worked with staff across Ocean Conservancy’s program areas to:

And now, we’re building on that success, by launching a completely redesigned website for Ocean Conservancy.

We hope this new site will be an engaging and immersive experience for our community and will make it easier for you to find information on our vision for a healthy ocean and how we’re working to achieve that vision.

We also believe this new site will give you more opportunities to engage with us, whether it’s signing up for our updates and action alerts, connecting with us through social media, or leaving your thoughts on a feature story.

The site design, and it’s features, are a recognition that Ocean Conservancy is only as strong as the community of supporters, activists and donors who support us. We need to hear from you and this new site is designed to facilitate the conversation.

In fact, as you go through the site, you will see a gray tab in the lower left-hand corner of every page. If you encounter any issues, or want to leave a message for us, you can do so through that tab. Anything submitted to that tab will go directly to me and you won’t be added to our email lists. We simply want to hear from you so we can make the site better.

Despite all of this work, we’re not finished — in fact, out work is just beginning. In the coming weeks, we’ll continue to improve our digital presence by:

  • Rolling out a fresh design for The Blog Aquatic,
  • Relaunching our ocean trash action site, Keep the Coast Clear, and
  • Creating a mobile version of our website to give you the absolute best on-the-go experience we can.

As we roll out the new site and these future improvements, I want to thank everyone at Ocean Conservancy — from our program staff, to our finance and development teams and, of course, my colleagues in Marketing and Communications — who have all worked to make this site the best it can be.

I’d also like to recognize the work of Brodeur Partners and Digital Pulp, who worked tirelessly as true partners over the last year to help create the content and the design you see on the site.

And of course, we want to thank you, our supporters, for making all of this possible and fighting every day for a healthy ocean.

If you have questions about the new site, or what we’re up to online, please leave a comment. I’m happy to let you all know what’s going on.

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