Planet of the Oceans (Event in NYC)

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Environment and Society on the Rest of the Planet – January 30-31 – NYC

The ocean may be the ultimate commons. For those of us who live on land, the ocean seems like an endless horizon. It is both the edge of settled existence and a source of apparently limitless resources. The ocean is both ecologically central and the site of an enormous amount of human activity.

Like other commons, the ocean is threatened by abuse, enclosure, and commercialization. Powerful corporate interests seek to privatize the seas. Overfishing has led to the collapse of fisheries, devastated biodiversity, and undermined the livelihood of fisher communities. We have treated the ocean as the world’s largest garbage dump and pumped enough carbon dioxide into the atmosphere to acidify the oceans and warm the entire planet. Fossil fuel companies have advanced an extreme energy agenda, drilling for oil in ever more hazardous and sensitive environments, with predictable ecological and social consequences.

We face a fundamental choice in our species’ relationship with the ocean: will we choose to live in a truly sustainable manner that strengthens our communities while protecting the environment or will we continue to allow the powerful to extract wealth from the ocean, devastating the environment, fraying social ties, and ultimately threatening human civilization.

“Planet of the Ocean” brings together researchers, journalists, and activists to consider how human society impacts the ocean, how it impacts us, and how we can work together to restore and protect our last great commons.

January 30-31, 2015
Friday 2:15pm – 7pm and Saturday 9:30am – 5:30pm
Instituto Cervantes
211 East 49th Street, New York, NY 10017

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here.

Speakers include:

Niaz Dorry, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
David Helvarg, Blue Frontier Campaign
Jonathan Henderson, Gulf Restoration Network
John Hocevar, Greenpeace
Naseegh Jaffer, World Forum of Fisher Peoples
Max Liboiron, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Seth Macinko, The University of Rhode Island
Elizabeth Nussbaumer, Food & Water Watch
Daniel Pauly, University of British Columbia
Anastasia Romanou, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Brendan Smith, GreenWave
Chris Williams, author: Ecology and Socialism
María Carolina Romero, World Maritime University

Panels include:

Whose Oceans? Governance and Privatization
Overfishing and the End of Biodiversity
Drowning in Waste
Climate Change and Ocean Acidification
Disaster Capitalism: Oil Spills and Coastal Communities
A Question of Power: Fighting for Our Oceans