It’s time to look at our future. It’s time to look at our oceans.
The oceans cover about two-thirds of the surface of the Earth and are the very foundations of life. They generate most of the oxygen we breathe, absorb a large share of carbon dioxide emissions, provide food and nutrients and regulate climate. They are important economically for countries that rely on tourism, fishing and other marine resources for income and serve as the backbone of international trade.
Unfortunately, human pressures, including over-exploitation, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, destructive fishing, as well as unsustainable aquaculture practices, marine pollution, habitat destruction, alien species, climate change and ocean acidification are taking a significant toll on the world’s oceans and seas.
June 8 is World Oceans Day, an annual celebration of the planet’s oceans and recognized by the United Nations each year. This day is also a call for ocean conservation action throughout the year. Take a look:
Many of our projects work with our oceans and the ecosystems that support them. Take a look here and support one (or more) today!
Yet, in all the pomp and circumstance of the annual occasion, Phil forgot to mention it is also World Wetlands Day, and how losing wetlands has more effect on us than his weather forecasting.
Chances are, you are more familiar with a wetland than you are with a woodchuck. Wetlands are a critical part of our natural environment. They protect our shores from wave action, reduce the impacts of floods, absorb pollutants and improve water quality. They provide habitat for animals and plants and many contain a wide diversity of life, supporting plants and animals that are found nowhere else.
On this day in 1971, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar to provide the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands, which cover more than 6 percent of the earth.
However, that doesn’t mean the wetlands are doing as well as the famous rodent. Here are the facts:
Global wetlands have declined between 64 – 71 percent since 1900.
The annual cost of the loss of wetland ecosystem services is more than $20 trillion.
Instead of worrying about how accurate a groundhog can be predicting the weather, which statistically is only 36 percent since 1969, consider instead using this day to support our wetlands. Go to t4ci.org/sponsored to see the many sponsored projects which are making a difference.
The Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions (the “Alliance”) welcomes applications for the new position of Alliance Executive Director, available immediately.
About The Alliance
The Conservation Alliance connects leading conservation organizations with businesses that together represent over 80% of the North American grocery and food service markets. Members and collaborators work together to solve sustainable seafood’s biggest challenges so that oceans and the businesses that depend on them can thrive while advancing vibrant and resilient ocean and freshwater ecosystems that contribute to improved livelihoods and food security.
The Alliance Executive Director position is newly-created and is a critical next step in an Alliance-wide capacity-building initiative. With community energy, a robust and challenging work plan, and a growing pipeline of interested potential new member organizations, the Alliance is at an important inflection point in its programs and services. The Alliance seek an entrepreneurial and well-connected Executive Director with a track record of experience in the conservation community. The Executive Director, alongside the Steering Committee and its contractors, will capitalize on this growing momentum by strategically leading the Alliance in weaving together the strategies of member organizations, incubating new ideas and elevating the Alliance as a key leader within the sustainable seafood movement.
Root Solutions is dedicated to providing conservationists and policy makers with tools and resources informed by the proven methods of behavioral science, allowing them to create more effective campaigns, polices and strategies that reflect how people process information and make decisions. With techniques like, “green nudges,” people can be motivated to use behavior that is both good for them and good for the environment.
The project is the brainchild of Nya Van Leuvan and Rod Fujita, who met at the Environmental Defense Fund where they led the introduction of decision science to their colleagues. The project is also producing a book called “Choices for Change: Using Behavioral Insights to Save the Planet,” which they hope will help policy-makers, advocates, and the general public understand how to frame and encourage behavior that makes conservation a part of our daily lives.
Today, June 8th, we join the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate World Oceans Day and recognize that “our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea.” 1. It also gives us a chance to shine a spotlight on the amazing work of a few of the projects in our portfolio that focus on conserving and protecting our marine ecosystems across the world.
Olazul is reinventing the aquarium trade in Indonesia to protect reefs, repurposing fisheries waste to relieve pressure on wild fish on Mexico’s Baja peninsula, and restoring our oceans for future generations.
Ocean Outcomes works hand-in-hand with commercial fishermen to improve high risk fisheries with key initiatives underway in Russia (one of the world’s top ten producers of wild fish) and in Japan, which is home to the largest seafood market in the world, yet is not home to any publicly recognized Fishery Improvement Projects.
cChange (formerly SeaWeb Asia Pacific), with offices in Fiji and Papua New Guinea, works in the background to foster community-owned social media campaigns that create immediate and sustainable change. Check out the super successful West Maui Kumuwai and 4Fiji campaigns!
T4CI is proud to welcome Ocean Outcomes (O2) as a new project partner. Ocean Outcomes’ mission is to improve the sustainability of commercial fishing by teaming up with fisheries to implement science-based improvements to management, supply chain policy, and other business practices. Working on the ground in fisheries in Japan, Russia, and the Pacific Northwest, O2 is dedicated to educating commercial fisheries in the tangible economic benefits of instituting sustainability measures industry-wide.
Ocean Outcomes have implemented several successful projects prior to joining T4CI, from protecting wild salmon with the help of one of the world’s largest chum fishery to fighting salmon poaching in eastern Russia. O2’s vision of a world with healthy aquatic ecosystems, a plentiful and profitable wild seafood supply, and thriving fishing communities is something we can all aspire to help create and T4CI is excited to partner with O2 to help accomplish that.
It’s our pleasure to welcome East Bali Watershed Initiative to our growing portfolio of projects. Indonesia’s 17,000 islands face tough decisions on how to provide basic services to inhabitants without irreparably damaging its rich natural resources and biological diversity. East Bali Watershed Initiative is working to protect, restore and support environmentally sustainable economic development in East Bali.