18 Jul '11, 3pm

A Blueprint for our Blue Home (by @pcousteau, for @OnEarthMag)

When President Obama established the landmark National Ocean Policy last year, he also created a framework for coastal and marine spatial planning. I know it sounds wonkish but as one expert in “Ocean Blueprint” notes, it’s essentially “urban planning applied to the water column.” We urgently need this initiative, as we use our oceans heavily: Cargo ships crisscross the sea, carrying goods between continents. Commercial and recreational fishing boats chase fish just offshore. Cruise ships cruise. Oil and gas drilling continues, but hopefully we will add renewable energy projects as well. Without planning, however, these various industrial activities amount to what we call “ocean sprawl,” steamrolling the resources we rely upon for our livelihoods, food, fun, and even the air we breathe. While humankind relies on many of these industries, we also need to keep the natural ri...

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/node/16153

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