San Diego, CA, July 30, 2019 – Ocean Connectors, a fiscally-sponsored project of The Ocean Foundation, has been working since 2007 to engage thousands of children in communities of San Diego County as well as parts of Mexico to inspire environmental education and marine conservation.
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Throughout my journey in exploring and planning my future in the marine conservation field, I have always struggled with the question of “Is there any hope?”. I always tell my friends that I like animals more than humans and they think it’s a joke, but it’s true. Humans have so much power and they don’t know what to do with it. So… is there hope? I know it CAN happen, our oceans can grow and become healthy again with the help of humans, but will it happen? Will humans use their power to help save our oceans? This is a constant thought in my head everyday.
As part of The Ocean Foundation’s Redesigning Plastics Initiative, on 15 July 2019, we requested a scoping meeting from the key boards of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine including: The Ocean Studies Board, the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology and the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology. TOF President, Mark J.
Every time I am invited to speak, I have the opportunity to revisit my thinking about an aspect of improving the human relationship with the ocean. Likewise, as I confer with colleagues at gatherings such as the recent Africa Blue Economy Forum in Tunis, I get new ideas or new energy from their perspectives on these issues. Recently those thoughts have centered on abundance, inspired in part by a recent talk given by Alexandra Cousteau in Mexico City where we were on an environment panel together at the National Industrialists Convention.
ROATÁN, Honduras – On World Environment Day, June 5, the critically endangered largetooth sawfish gained a lifeline as Caribbean countries unanimously agreed to add the species to Annex II of the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) Protocol under the Cartagena Convention. Seventeen member governments are thereby obligated to impose strict national protections for the species and cooperate regionally to recover populations.
For my friends in Loreto, BCS, Mexico
A Keep Loreto Magical message:
On behalf of the board, staff, advisors and other members of The Ocean Foundation community, I wish all who share our commitment to the beauty and, yes, magic of Loreto, a happy new year! As part of our year-end accounting, we realized that we had reached an important milestone. The Ocean Foundation’s support for coastal and marine conservation in Loreto has now passed the $2.5 million-dollar mark (US)! If we add the value of TOF staff time, our support of Loreto is even greater.
As climate change progresses, sargassum will continue to bloom and wash ashore on beaches all through the Caribbean (Click here for regular Sargassum outlook bulletins).
While sargassum currently serves as a detriment to the tourism industry, aquatic resources, and fisheries in these countries, there are a series of ongoing discussions in the ocean community to explore ways that sargassum can be removed, and how it can be beneficial and re-purposed.
Jobos Bay, Puerto Rico – The Ocean Foundation, in partnership with 11th Hour Racing, will be conducting a week-long technical workshop in Puerto Rico on seagrass and mangrove restoration for scientists, NGOs, governmental officials, and commercial fisherman. The workshop will take place April 23-26, 2019, at the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources’ offices at the Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Some days, it feels like we spend most of our time in cars— commuting to and from work, running errands, driving carpools, taking a road trip, you name it. While this may be great for some car karaoke, hitting the road comes at a steep environmental price. Cars are a major contributor to global climate change, emitting roughly 20 pounds of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere for each gallon of gasoline burned. In fact, cars, motorcycles, and trucks account for nearly 1/5th of all U.S. CO2 emissions.
Do you fly a lot? Although aviation is a relatively small industry, it accounts for 4-9% of the total climate change impact of human activity and is likely to double or triple by 2050. Compared to other modes of transport, such as driving or taking a train, air travel has a greater climate impact per passenger per mile, even over longer distances.
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