Water/Hycean Worlds & Oceanography

Staying Habitable: How An Intelligent Species Should Treat Their Planetary Ocean

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
October 17, 2022
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Staying Habitable: How An Intelligent Species Should Treat Their Planetary Ocean
Our Planet’s Oceans

Humanity’s relationship with the Ocean needs to be transformed to effectively address the multitude of governance crises facing the Ocean, including overfishing, climate change, pollution, and habitat destruction.

Earth law, including Rights of Nature, provides a pathway to center humanity as a part of Nature and transform our relationship from one of dominion and separateness towards holism and mutual enhancement.

Within the Earth law framework, an Ocean-centered approach views humanity as interconnected with the Ocean, recognizes societies’ collective duty and reciprocal responsibility to protect and conserve the Ocean, and puts aside short-term gain to respect and protect future generations of all life and the Ocean’s capacity to regenerate and sustain natural cycles.

This Essay presents Ocean-centered governance as an approach to help achieve the 10 challenges for collective impact put forward as part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and therefore living in a harmonious relationship with the Ocean.

Full article: Living in relationship with the Ocean to transform governance in the UN Ocean Decade, PLOS

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