In September 2016, the biggest cruise ship to ever make the Northwest Passage through the Arctic reached New York safely after 32 days, millions of dollars in preparations, and a huge sigh of relief from all who worried that any accident would cause even more irreparable harm than the passage itself through that vulnerable landscape. In September 2016, we also learned that the sea ice cover had retreated to nearly its lowest extent ever.
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The ocean is an opaque place in that there is still so much to learn about it. The life patterns of the great whales are also opaque—it is amazing what we still don’t know about these magnificent creatures. What we know is that the ocean is no longer theirs, and in many ways their future looks grim. The last week of September, I played a role in envisioning a more positive future at a three-day meeting about “Stories of the Whale: Past, Present and Future” organized by the Library of Congress and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
The Ocean Foundation is the community foundation for the ocean.
Ocean Acidification is dissolving the base of the food chain in the ocean, and threatens global food security. It is caused by the carbon emissions from our cars, planes and factories. The Ocean Foundation has been working on OA for over 13 years.
At Our Ocean 2014, we launched the Friends of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) to fund the expansion of the network.
I’ve felt the force. The force of water elevating me, pushing me, pulling me, moving me, taking me as far as the eye can see. My fascination and love for the ocean is firmly rooted in the time I spent enjoying the Gulf of Mexico on South Padre Island as a child. I would swim to the point of exhaustion and on the ride home I couldn’t help but smile and think to myself, “I can’t wait to do that again.”
This week the first cruise ship set sail for a trans-Arctic voyage, coupled with headlines that proclaimed the lowest level of Arctic sea ice recorded in the past 125 years. A three-week cruise requires a big logistical leap at the best of times—in the Arctic, it required months of planning and consultation with the US Coast Guard and other government agencies.
The Earth rising in the distance in stark contrast to the moon. A polar bear stranded on a floating patch of ice. A pelican drenched in oil.
If you’ve worked in the nonprofit world for ten years like I have, you get accustomed to saving money every step of the way. You work so hard to find funding to run your programs, it becomes standard operating procedure to search for the best deals, conserving funds as much as possible. Needless to say, you don’t usually get a chance to purchase top-of-the-line outdoor equipment and gear.
Official Statement from The Ocean Foundation:
We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Sagan Lewis and her family in choosing The Ocean Foundation as a way to remember her life, her spirit, and her love of the ocean. As recently reported, her widower Tom Fontana noted her love of the ocean in this way:
Press Contact Persons:
Linda Krop, Environmental Defense Center (805) 963-1622 x106
Richard Charter, The Ocean Foundation (707) 875-2345
GROUPS OPPOSE BILL TO PUSH OCEAN DUMPING OF OFFSHORE RIGS
Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Social Sciences, says his marching orders come from the very top of the Catholic Church.
“The Holy Father said: Marcelo, I want you to study this topic carefully so that we know what to do.”