WHAT DO WE WANT TO DO
Our team intends to investigate and recount the causes and effects of sea degradation, and whether the counter-measures taken both by governments and by the global community are effective.
Our goal is to answer the two-folded crucial question: who and how are marine ecosystems being endangered, and to which extent public and private decision-makers are concretely acting to find remedies.
WHY THE PROJECT IS IMPORTANT
More than 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by salty water, mostly oceans. This makes the Earth the “Blue Planet”.
The sea form unique habitats which are home to multiple plant and animal species.
It also provides resources that directly contribute to our life in many ways: maritime transport, raw materials, energy, fisheries, aquaculture, and leisure activities.
Not to mention that half the world population lives on a coastal strip just 200 kilometers wide, while two third lives within a distance of 400 kilometers from the coast.
Therefore, marine resources offer an inestimable potential for development, growth, jobs and prosperity for society.
However, by exploiting those resources without limits, mankind takes the risk of compromising biodiversity, through over-fishing and increasing pollution. Moreover, man made greenhouse gas emissions contribute to the melting of the Arctic and Antarctic, thus causing additional distortions in the marine ecosystems.
The real challenge is to reconcile economic interests and the preservation of the environment, through a better management of all those human activities that affect the sea.