But First – March for the Ocean 2019 This year the second global March for the Ocean (M4O) fell on World Oceans Day, Saturday June 8. Marches took place from Paris France to Florida, New York( where I joined the NY Aquarium marching on the Coney Island boardwalk), New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia, Colorado, Northern […]
Heartlands to the Ocean: Water Planet Blue Frontier and the Center for the Blue Economy published our promised report (see BN#173) identifying top priorities for making our coasts and public seas more climate resilient while maintaining the blue economy. They appear in the environmental science news journal Mongabay. We call for a complete reformation of […]
The young activists I work with don’t allow me much time for gloomy pessimism. Groups like Heirs to our Oceans and Sea Youth Rise Up, and individuals like Hannah Testa, the sixteen-year-old anti-plastics activist who participated in our first global March for the Ocean last June and helped get the state of Georgia to establish a Plastic Pollution Awareness Day, are not just future leaders. They are our partners today, if we’re willing to work with them, mentor when asked, and maintain a sense of realistic possibilities for the future they’re looking towards.
Pessimism of the spirit and optimism of the will are about saving enough to rebuild, even if we may not see the results in our own lifetimes.
Still not over? Here’s a picture I took flying with the Coast Guard over Kodiak Alaska while writing my book Rescue Warriors, and here’s a story from the NY Times on how that Town and Coast Guard families are being slammed by Trump’s government shut down. The Coast Guard and NOAA, the protectors and stewards of our […]
The Climate Crisis and the Ocean Between the devastation of Mexico Beach, Florida and Paradise California plus the 4th National Climate Assessment Report, the year 2018 may become known as the point of no denial, an acknowledgement of what Governor Jerry Brown calls, “the new abnormal.” At this point climate deniers are being recognized as […]