Jon White – From the President’s Office: 07-01-2019

2019-07-02T10:12:24+00:00 July 1, 2019|

Blues About The Missing Blue …

During last week’s two-night Democratic primary debate, I was happy to hear climate change come up many times. It’s good to see presidential hopefuls taking this threat seriously and taking to heart the need for appropriate action (informed by collaborative, interdisciplinary scientific research and development) and global leadership to address and respond to the changes to our climate. What I’m less happy about is that, despite these 32 mentions, the word ocean was not spoken even once (though sea level did come up twice). Our ocean influences weather and climate on a global scale so any discussion around these topics must include dialogue of what we know about our ocean and its changing conditions, not to mention the numerous other challenges and opportunities we face to ensure a future ocean that is healthy, prosperous, and sustainable as it provides for our maritime nation, as well as all other nations around the globe.

It’s clear that all of us in and around the ocean science community have our work cut out for us to make sure that as climate change enters the mainstream political discussion more and more, the role of the ocean is part of it. As Sylvia Earle said, “Even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea.”

So as many of us don red, white, and blue this week while we celebrate our national independence, I encourage everyone to think and talk about the “blue” as representing the ocean, on which we are dependent.

-Jon
RADM Jonathan W. White, USN (ret.)
President and CEO
Consortium for Ocean Leadership

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