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Conserving the Great Blue - a new Law of the Sea to protect our oceans

Conserving the Great Blue - a new Law of the Sea to protect our oceans

Let's imagine that we take the dominant paradigm of over-exploitation and turn it completely around, so that respect for the sea and its wildlife becomes the norm, not the exception. In today's back-to-front world those wanting to safeguard seas and oceans are struggling to do so. The conservationist has to justify protecting a critical global resource, even though healthy seas sustain us all. Those who empty them, pollute them and profit from them can often do so unchallenged and uncontrolled. Common sense says it should be the other way around; that all seas and oceans are protected from the outset. We should expect them to be unspoiled and unpolluted. We should assume that marine life is properly valued. Accountability and responsibility then passes from the defender to the exploiter and the integrity of nature is always put before the importance of profit. Many marine ...

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