“If the ocean was our retirement portfolio, we’d be worried,” says Dr. Elliott Norse. A global thinker and author who’s devoted his career to conserving life in our seas and forests, he worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the Ecological Society of America, The Wilderness Society and the Ocean Conservancy before founding the Marine Conservation Institute in 1996.
Now he wants to assemble a global system of refuges to save marine life for the future—and he’ll be sharing his thoughts about it, and the state of our world’s ocean, during the first of our Sound Conversations events on March 7.
“Whether you love marine animals because they’re beautiful or cute or because they’re delicious, there’s a lot to be concerned about,” says Dr. Norse. “If you look at the world’s oceans, you see the same thing happening almost everywhere: the number of marine animals is declining.”
Illustrating his point, he notes, “Although we’re fishing harder, farther, deeper and with better equipment than ever before, the world’s fish catch is going down. Based on that indicator alone, we know things are worrisome.”
The news isn’t all bad. However, as Dr. Norse points out, “The number of factors that are getting worse in the ocean is far higher than the number that’s getting better. And, as a person who spends my life watching what’s happening to our ocean portfolio, I’m really concerned.”
“But,” he continues, “There are things we can do to help—and that’s why I do what I do.” Dr. Norse has been working in the field of environmental conservation for 35 years, and specifically on marine conservation for most of that time. “I feel the most important thing I can do is work to save the biological diversity of our planet,” he says. “I want people to understand that the Earth’s biggest life support system—the ocean—is in trouble. And if it goes, it takes us with it. It’s the battle of all battles, and we’ve got to win this one.”
Join us for Sound Conversations at 7pm on March 7 to hear more of Dr. Norse’s thoughts on marine conservation—and learn more about what each of us can do to help save the world’s ocean. Tickets are $10 per person; click here for more details and to register.
For more information about Dr. Norse’s work, visit his blog.