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9 Dec 2020 - Fabien Cousteau - To conquer the dual, interrelated crises of Covid-19 and climate change we have to start small, and dream big.

NYTimes Opinion: This is an article from Turning Points, a special section that explores what critical moments from this year might mean for the year ahead.

 

Turning Point: The spread of Covid-19 in 2020 led to dramatic reductions in global carbon dioxide emissions, with one study finding that emissions fell by roughly 1.5 billion metric tons during the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2019 — the largest half-year decline in recorded history.

 

“No ocean, no life.” Being a Cousteau, this message was practically written into my DNA. And it’s one I’ve tried to share with the world through my many years of work as an environmental advocate.

 

Unfortunately, given the dire state of our oceans today, it’s clear that the message hasn’t gotten through to most people.

As we reflect on 2020 — one of the most socially and scientifically difficult years in recent memory — and look for ways to move forward, it’s crucial that we understand this simple fact: Without a healthy ocean we will not have a healthy future.

 

Many of us have experienced the magic and beauty of the ocean. Yet its vital connection to our daily lives — the ways in which it supplies the oxygen we breathe and nourishes the crops we eat — remains far less understood.

CONTINUE READING ONLINE HERE: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/09/opinion/covid-climate-change-ocean.html

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Publication date: 
09/12/2020
Publication Organisation: 
The New York Times
Publication Author: 
Fabien Cousteau
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