He was joined at the event by co-sponsors—including Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), chair of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis—and various backers of the legislation. Advocates Welcome 'Inspiring' Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act as 'Exactly What America Needs Right Now'.

Jane Lubchenco says the oceans were once thought of as infinite. @NRDems, @RepRaulGrijalva, and @USRepKCastor are unveiling #OceanClimateAction legislation. Virginia Gewin is a freelance science journalist based in the Pacific Northwest who covers climate change, agriculture, conservation and diversity in STEM. ", Castor on Tuesday emphasized that "the ocean is a powerful ally in the climate fight, and unleashing its potential will help us reach our goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 or earlier."

Common Dreams has been providing breaking news & views for the progressive community since 1997. Pivoting to how the ocean offers opportunities for an equitable, sustainable blue recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic, she noted that the ocean panel released a report in September detailing how investments in coastal restoration, seaweed or bivalve aquaculture, sewerage for coastal communities, renewable energy and zero-emission marine transport could pay off five-fold. Asked to comment on the appointment and nomination of climate change deniers to key posts at NOAA, she expressed grave concern. She is based in Corvallis, Oregon.

The US Spends More Than $80 Billion a Year Incarcerating 2.3 Million People, On Trump's Full, Flowing, Magnificently Brilliant Answers. "Resilient communities need resilient oceans, and the Ocean Climate Solutions Act pursues both," said Steve Mashuda, oceans managing attorney at Earthjustice. To inspire.To ignite change for the common good.

': Democratic Challenger Pulls Ahead of Lindsey Graham. Plus, check out this page of additional links and resources. 5, No. "This is an inspiring piece of legislation, and exactly what America needs right now.". ", Miyoko Sakashita, oceans program director at the Center for Biological Diversity, called the bill "important" and praised particular elements of it. “Most of the international climate policy world focuses on land-based mitigation — transportation, buildings, energy generation,” Lubchenco told the virtual workshop participants. Common Dreams brings you the news that matters. It doesn't work that way.

Dr. Lubchenco is a marine ecologist with expertise in the ocean, climate change, and interactions between the environment and human well-being, and is currently the University Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University, USA. @RepRaulGrijalva’s climate bill will ignite #OceanClimateAction to help fight inequality by prioritizing funding for communities of color & lower-income, Tribal, & rural communities most impacted by the dangers of #ClimateChange. "This bill will tap those solutions, and everyone benefits.". She served as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and … They are so vast, how on earth could humans impact them? This bill shows us our oceans can be part of the answer.

She noted the new bill incorporates recommendations from the Climate Crisis Action Plan that her committee released in June, which she said "gives Congress a roadmap for creating a healthier, more resilient, and more just America.". * From the weekly news magazine SEJournal Online, Vol. Her work has appeared in Nature, Science, Discover, Popular Science, Washington Post, Modern Farmer, Portland Monthly and many others. "The oceans are bearing the brunt of global warming: rising ocean temperatures will decrease fish catch, endangering livelihoods and undermining food security. Instead, we rely on readers like you, to provide the "people power" that fuels our work. "Restoring and protecting our ocean ecosystems will protect the frontline communities who are most at risk from climate change, while increasing our capacity to secure a just, stable, and biodiverse future. We don't survive on clicks. And to that end, she added, “we need federal government that is enabling that to happen, not preventing it from happening and not making it worse.”. Increase carbon storage in blue carbon ecosystems; Promote coastal resiliency and adaptation; Restore U.S. leadership in international ocean governance. "This is the bill we have been waiting for," declared Oregon State University professor Jane Lubchenco, a supporter of the measure with a background in federal government. Fish farms have also made modest improvements in dealing with diseases and waste.

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By continuing to browse this site you consent to the use of cookies and similar technologies. In the end, Lubchenco predicts Congress will have to weigh in and create a law to govern aquaculture. When 60 Minutes' Leslie Stahl started her interview with, "Are you ready for tough questions?" The Honorable JANE LUBCHENCO, Ph.D. Jane Lubchenco, University Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University, is a marine ecologist with expertise in the ocean, climate change, and interactions between the environment and human well-being. She has received numerous awards including 22 honorary doctorates and the highest honour given by the National Academy of Sciences, the Public Welfare Medal. The bill, which is co-sponsored by leaders of multiple relevant House committees, was also applauded by other advocacy organizations, including the Center for American Progress, Earthjustice, Environment America, Greenpeace USA, League of Conservation Voters, National Ocean Protection Coalition, National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Ocean Conservancy, Surfrider Foundation, and Urban Ocean Lab. Every day of the week, we publish the most important breaking news & views for the progressive community. That’s the case being made by Jane Lubchenco, former administrator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who spoke Sept. 23 at the Society of Environmental Journalists’ virtual conference. Thank you. The outcome? “The future, especially with climate change, will be on non-fed species,” added Lubchenco. “The ocean has been out of sight, out of mind; based on this analysis, it needs to be squarely at the table.”. Now the ocean is primed for a new role, with emerging evidence pointing to a more hopeful narrative that the ocean offers untapped climate, food security and economic recovery solutions. The ocean is our past and our future. The 2006 overhaul of fisheries reform, she noted, is one of the least appreciated environmental success stories of the last few decades.