Turning the Tide With Innovation

The United Nations World Oceans Day brings attention to the critical role of our oceans in ensuring planetary balance. This involves recognizing criticalities whilst also celebrating the innovative tools that are being developed to achieve the sustainable management of the blue planet. Emphasizing innovation can help turn the tide on marine ecosystem destruction and help policymakers steer towards a more sustainable management of marine resources.

Fostering Optimism

At times climate issues can seem insurmountable. A clear example is plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, which leaves many feeling as if it is a problem so deep that there are no solutions. When all we hear about is a continent-sized garbage patch in the middle of the ocean and microplastics in all marine wildlife it is hard too picture any solutions. Psychological studies demonstrate that focusing on negative news can have detrimental effects on conservation efforts. For this reason, Ocean Optimism was created as a Twitter initiative in 2014 to turn global attention towards the positives emerging from environmental research and encourage young people to become involved in conservation. The #OceanOptimism hashtag has been extremely successful and even spurred other “optimism” movements.

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