The House Select Committee’s “Blueprint” for Solving the Climate Crisis

The House Select Committee’s “Blueprint” for Solving the Climate Crisis

By Jean Flemma and Miriam Goldstein Historically, the ocean has been overlooked in the climate debate. That makes no sense. Ignoring the 71 percent of the planet that creates more than half the oxygen we breathe and has absorbed 90 percent of the excess heat created by climate change can hardly lead to a complete […]

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Interview of the Week: Brian Skerry, National Geographic Photojournalist

Interview of the Week: Brian Skerry, National Geographic Photojournalist

Brian Skerry is the 2019 NOGI Award Winner (“The Underwater Oscar”), the author of numerous beautiful photo books, and a fantastic Friend of the Planet.  Here are some of the highlights of our talk with him. ODP:  Tell us about how you view your work as a photojournalist and storyteller? BS:  I have always viewed […]

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Heroes of the Week:  Young Leaders Working For A Healthy Ocean

Heroes of the Week: Young Leaders Working For A Healthy Ocean

Ocean conservation was front and center this week, and what struck me (Monica) over the course of the week and numerous virtual events was how many emerging leaders there are in the ocean community.  Young people like Daniela Fernandez, who runs the Sustainable Ocean Alliance, an organization she started while in college that now incubates […]

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Global Ocean, Climate and Biodiversity Leaders Stress Their Work Continues Despite COVID

Global Ocean, Climate and Biodiversity Leaders Stress Their Work Continues Despite COVID

Elizabeth Cousins, President and CEO of the UN Foundation said yesterday that the next decade will be a decisive one for oceans, climate, and biodiversity, and a rare joint appearance by global scientists and diplomats made it clear that the United Nations is at the center of that work.

Why This Matters:  The most important leaders of United Nations efforts on the ocean, climate, and biodiversity appeared jointly in order to emphasize the point that their work continues as fervently as ever, despite the pandemic’s challenges.

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One Amazing Thing: She Walked In Space and Dove to the Deepest Part of the Ocean

One Amazing Thing: She Walked In Space and Dove to the Deepest Part of the Ocean

We are proud to call Dr. Kathy Sullivan a Friend of the Planet and now she can claim to know the planet better than anyone else ever has, and may ever again.  This week, Kathy completed a dive to the depths of the bottom of the ocean — the Challenger Deep 35,810-feet down — in […]

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One Cool Thing: A Graphic Guide to Creating Marine Protected Areas

One Cool Thing: A Graphic Guide to Creating Marine Protected Areas

Our future depends upon sustaining ocean health and building resilience to climate change and other ocean stressors like pollution and acidification.  Protecting at least 30% of the ocean by 2030 through implemented, fully, and highly protected Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) is necessary for ocean and planetary health. Establishing an MPA can take years for communities […]

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