08 Jun '11, 1am

On #worldoceanday isn't it time we gave back to our oceans, which provide us with so much?

On #worldoceanday isn't it time we gave back to our oceans, which provide us with so much?

The following is a guest essay by Kevin Essington, director of government relations and communications for The Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island . The ocean freighter, nearly as long as three football fields and weighing as much as all the cars in the city, ties up at the Port of Providence in Rhode Island. This freighter is delivering home heating oil for the state. Tugboats and tenders gently guide another freighter into the port an hour later. Recreational boaters glide back and forth in the foreground. It’s a typical scene in a typical American port: over 8.4 million people work in ports in America. Our oceans are central to our economy. And not just for shipping, but for food, energy, medicine, and fun. Tourism alone is a $6.6 billion industry here in the Ocean State. Isn’t it time we gave something back to the oceans? Senators Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and ...

Full article: http://blog.nature.org/2011/06/isn%e2%80%99t-it-time-we-g...

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