PLANET OF THE OCEANS
Environment and Society on the Rest of the Planet - January 30-31 - NYC
Watch the first video of the conference:
Plastic heavily pollutes our oceans and waterways. Renowned scientist Max Liboiron (University of Newfoundland) talks about the causes of and solutions to this severe environmental crisis.
For photos from this event, go to our Flickr page.
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 10:00am – 5:30pm
211 East 49th Street, New York, NY 10017
The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 30
2:15 – 2:30: Welcome and Introductions
Stefanie Ehmsen, RLS–NYC
2:30 – 3:15: Framing Lecture: Commercialization of the Commons
Niaz Dorry, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
3:30 – 5:00: Whose Oceans? Governance and Privatization
María Carolina Romero, World Maritime University
Seth Macinko, The University of Rhode Island
Moderator: Jed Bickman, The New Press
5:30 – 7:00: Overfishing and the End of Biodiversity
Naseegh Jaffer, World Forum of Fisher Peoples
Daniel Pauly, University of British Columbia
Moderator: Seth Macinko, The University of Rhode Island
SATURDAY, JANUARY 31
9:45 – 10:45: Drowning in Waste
Max Liboiron, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Moderator: John Hocevar, Greenpeace
11:15 – 12:30: Climate Change and Ocean Acidification
Anastasia Romanou, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Elizabeth Nussbaumer, Food & Water Watch
Moderator: James Hare, RLS–NYC
1:30 – 2:45: Disaster Capitalism: Oil Spills and Coastal Communities
John Hocevar, Greenpeace
Jonathan Henderson, Gulf Restoration Network
Moderator: Max Liboiron, Memorial University of Newfoundland
3:15 – 5:00: A Question of Power: Fighting for Our Oceans
David Helvarg, Blue Frontier Campaign
Chris Williams, author: Ecology and Socialism
Brendan Smith, GreenWave
Moderator: Anastasia Romanou, NASA Goddard Institute
Conference hosted by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office, with the support of The New Press
UPDATE: The author Thomas Schmidinger was originally scheduled to appear in person at Bluestockings Books. However, due to the fact the author was denied entry on his flight by Homeland Security, Mr. Schmidinger will give his talk via Skype at the regularly scheduled time and location.
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