John Kerry of the US State Department on human threat on our oceans and how we might protect it:
From the ourocean2014.state.gov webpage:
“Our ocean today is at grave risk – and it’s not happening by accident. Human activity is the cause. Harmful fishing practices, even illegal fishing; giant garbage patches; hundreds of dead zones; and rising carbon dioxide levels – all of it threatens life under the sea. That’s the bad news. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that way. Governments, communities, and individuals can act now to reverse these trends. We can protect the ocean if we all start treating it like ‘our ocean.’”
‘The US Department of State will host the “Our Ocean” Conference on 16 & 17 June (#OurOcean2014). Invited individuals, experts, practitioners, advocates, lawmakers, and the international ocean and foreign policy communities will gather lessons learned, share the best science, offer unique perspectives, and demonstrate effective action.
They aim to chart a way forward, working individually and together, to protect “Our Ocean.”’
The conference will be accessible on the internet.
They add, “wherever you live, you can help in some way. We can make a healthier ocean, for this generation and those to come.”
And ask. “What will you do to help protect our ocean?”
“Show your support and tell others how you’ll make this commitment…”
- I will let my national and local leaders know that protecting our ocean is important to me.
- I will ask whether my seafood has been caught in a sustainable manner.
- I will not eat shark fin soup.
- I will not throw trash into our ocean or waterways.
- I will volunteer at least one day a year to help clean our waterways or beaches.
Visit ourocean2014.state.gov/#s-action to make your pledge and help raise awareness of the conference and the awareness of marine pollution,sustainable fisheries and ocean acidification by joining the Thunderclap!