Please disable your adblock and script blockers to view this page

Human health 'intricately linked' to ocean health, says report

the American Journal of Public Health
the United Nations
the European Marine Board
Oceans & Public Health
SOPHIE) Project
European Union
the University of Exeter
the SOPHIE Project
issue.”– Dr.

Sheila J. J. Heymans
Lora Fleming
Easkey Britton
Sam Dupont

No matching tags

the UN Ocean Decade

No matching tags


Ocean Decade

Positivity     42.00%   
   Negativity   58.00%
The New York Times
Write a review: Medical News Today

Lora Fleming of the University of Exeter and first author of the report, “the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, climate, and other environmental change and the perilous state of our seas have made clear that we share a single planet with a single global ocean.“Our moral compass points to addressing the myriad threats and potential opportunities we encounter by protecting and providing for everyone — both rich and poor — while learning to sustain all ecosystems.”If a collaboration between the multiple communities of people with a relationship to the oceans is possible, then the researchers believe meaningful positive change could occur.These identified approaches include replacing plastics with natural marine products, using marine renewable energy instead of fossil fuels, ensuring the restocking of fisheries, and restoring biodiversity by promoting marine protected areas (MPAs).Collaboration with local communities may also help ensure MPAs are effective at limiting overfishing.According to co-author Dr. Easkey Britton, a marine social scientist and member of the SOPHIE Project, “the failure of certain MPAs, in Europe and elsewhere, is often the consequence of exclusionary conservation with inadequate inclusion and lack of meaningful engagement with local communities with traditional ecological knowledge in the decision making processes — from the initial planning stages and throughout the ongoing management of MPAs.”For the researchers, the UN Ocean Decade is a chance to instill pro-environmental behavior in individuals and communities and realign the governance of the oceans around local concerns.As Prof. Fleming and her co-authors argue, “the personal meaning of the challenges that communities face and the sense of personal vulnerability can generate greater awareness and create engagement.“Providing [local] practical solutions can empower sustainable actions, especially when supported by national and international higher-level policies and regulatory frameworks.”While the team makes clear that holistic, systemic change is necessary to restore ocean health and consequently human health, they also suggest actions individuals can take.According to Dr. Britton, “understanding how and why ocean and human health are intricately interdependent means recognizing that all our actions have an impact on the future health of the planet and our communities.”She told MNT: “Building community around the challenges we face and the solutions we need is the most important thing.

As said here by Timothy Huzar