and Assessment of Saving the Oceans
and Assessment of Saving the Oceans
CarlSafina and Sarah Chasis present a candid and insightful article onthe dire state of oceans across the world. Safina and Chasis (2004),in their article, Savingthe Oceansdraw from two distinct commissions, the Congress mandated the USCommission on Ocean Policyand the IndependentPew Oceans Commissionin an attempt to champion for a robust federal policy governing thevast natural resource. Both commissions in their reports supportedthe need for a comprehensive marine strategy changes to ensure waterquality, coastal development, and human health. The authors chroniclethe reports on the calamitous conditions of marine life thus, theyposit that governments are obliged to safeguard and sustainablynurture the oceans. In this regards, the discourse offers a briefsummary, critique, and personal viewpoint of the article.
Thearticle proffers broad conclusions and suggestions of the tworeports. Although an action plan and sound science exist, the will toact and a leadership vision lacks in ensuring countries save marinelife. Furthermore, the article highlights the need to protect againstdegenerating national marine statute and calls on people to focus inprogressive initiatives and regulations. The Oceans have borne thebrunt for enormous strides concerning human development in the last100 years. As such, little research on the adverse impacts on theunique biology of oceans was conducted prior to 2000 (Safina &Chasis, 2004). Savingthe Oceans paintsa clear picture of how dependent the country’s economy is on theinfinite resource for transportation, mineral resources, food, andjob creation. As such, it is a rather fragile ecosystem that ifunprotected could herald a grim reality for future generations. In aneffort to ensure that the oceans are employed sustainably, Safina andChasis (2004) offer a policy blueprint aimed at enabling Congress toenact legislation ensuring future generations continue to benefitfrom the majestic resource. The proposal includes the creation ofoversight policies and educating the public on the significance ofmarine life.
Ientirely support the notions cultivated by Safina and Chasis (2004)especially in regards to the growing public consciousness on oceans,the weakness of the existing marine regulatory framework, and thecalamitous condition of the oceans. As the authors point out,imparting oversight ethic across oceans is imperative since peoplewill only comprehend the extent of the current crisis, if they knowthe significant role of the oceans in their lives. In fact, emphasison the conditions of the marine will help increase understanding ofecosystems, interactions, climate change, and ocean dynamics. Thearticle not only highlights the significance of the oceans to presentand future generations but also offers a firm foundation for acomprehensive education framework. The biology manifested in oceanswill continue to be published as novel discoveries of species inyears to come. Thus, it is critical that Congress fully embraces theinputs availed in the article to ensure ethical governance of theoceans underscores the country’s loves for the majestic resource.It is imperative to note that all efforts to advance marineconversation programs should be extensively supported since suchinitiatives will help address international climate change. Besides,the strategies will help build a coalition that will serve to inspireor compel global action on stewardship policies geared towards savingaquatic life. The current marine crisis will grow in intensityhence, the need for all people to support calls on saving oceans.
Safina,C., & Chasis, S. (2004). Saving the oceans. Issuesin Science and Technology, 21(1),37-44.