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FOOD AND MARINE SYSTEMS
In an op-ed recently published in Hufftington Post, centre director Johan Rockström and Jonas Gahr Störe, member of Parliament, and leader of the Norwegian Labour Party, call for new and concerted measures to better manage the world oceans.
In the op-ed, published as part of the 2016 EAT Stockholm Food Forum, Rockström and Störe argue that we must stop taking the health of the oceans for granted because they are key to the future of food production, shipping and renewable energy.
"Just a generation ago, we believed the infinite oceans would simply take all we threw at them — pollution, waste, overfishing. But we can no longer take the world’s largest ecosystem for granted. Many marine and coastal zones are on the brink."
With the current unsustainable trajectory, they write, most of the world’s fisheries could collapse beyond recovery by the middle of the century and there will be more plastic in oceans than fish by weight in 2050 ah. However many of the drivers of ocean decline are reversible.
Rockström and Störe call for a stronger political leadership to set a global agenda for ocean health. The solutions will lead to greater long-term benefits for everyone.
Research news | 2018-07-10
The World in 2050 initiative launches new report outlining synergies and benefits that render the goals achievable
Educational news | 2018-07-02
LEAP our leadership programme designed for changemakers that want to lead social-ecological transformations to sustainability. Application deadline is 5 August 2018.
Research news | 2018-06-27
Overfishing, fractured international relationships and political conflicts loom as fish migrate more unpredictably because of climate change. Here is how to deal with it
Research news | 2018-06-26
Profit-maximizing approaches are most likely to produce outcomes that harm people or the environment. But it depends on the circumstances whether a sustainable or a safe approach is most suitable, new study argues
General news | 2018-06-20
Will lead a redesign of the organisational structure at the centre
Research news | 2018-06-20
New book chapter looks into the economic, cultural and ecological reasons why some people leave the fisheries and aquaculture sector, and what could be done to reverse the trend