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on-line talk: A Blue Recovery
November 10, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
A Blue Recovery: How can we protect and restore our marine environment?
Join our latest panel discussion focusing on how we can improve the health of our marine ecosystems.
Oceans cover three quarters of the Earth’s surface. They drive the global systems that make the planet habitable; impacting rainfall, drinking water, weather patterns, coastlines, much of our food, and even the air we breathe.
More than three billion people depend on marine and coastal environments for their livelihoods. The global market value of marine resources and industries is around $3 trillion per year and marine fisheries directly or indirectly employ more than 200 million people around the world.
But the health of our oceans is in decline and the blue economy it supports is coming under increasing threat. Pollution and acidification is harming ecosystems and biodiversity at an increasing rate. Millions of tonnes of plastic enters the sea every year to the degree that, without change, will result in more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050.
Saving our ocean must be a priority, and indeed one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is to ‘Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources’.
During this discussion we’ll look at some of the ways we can achieve this. Considering issues like marine protected areas, plastic pollution and ocean acidification, sustainable fisheries, and habitat restoration. As well as focusing on conserving biodiversity, we’ll also look at the impact of marine degradation on human health and communities around the world.
As always we want you to be part of this discussion. Put your questions to the panel during the live event, or submit them in advance to be asked at the start.