Environmental damage to the oceans, ocean-life and the seabed are stark; what actions must be taken?
The oceans of the world bear much of the brunt of mankind's use of resources and the burning of fossil fuels.
The damage being inflicted on the Oceans is out of sight and out of mind for many of us and hence few of us but the incidences of damage to the oceans and ocean-life are stark and overwhelming. Much of the temperature increase from man made climate change has occurred in our oceans, destroying ecosystems and also leading to sea level rise. Small island states and many of the major global cities face serious and growing risks.
Our collective failure to address - or even stem - the myriad of serious problems, particularly an increased concentration of ocean plastics, is a very deep concern.
What threats do we face? Are our laws adequate to address these threats? Is enforcement adequate? If the laws and enforcement are not adequate, how should they be strengthened?
The factors causing adverse changes in the chemistry of the ocean with loss of marine life, habitats and eco-systems as well as the threat to human populations will be considered.
Pamela Castle OBE
Penelope Nevill, Barrister, 20 Essex Street Chambers and King's College, London
Daniel Owen, Barrister, Fenners Chambers, Cambridge
Professor Richard Thompson (tbc), Associate Dean, School of Biological and Marine Sciences, Plymouth University
Dr Carol Turley OBE, Ocean Acidification Specialist, Plymouth University
Organised by Pamela Castle OBE
09.00 - 09.30am registration and refreshments
09.30 - 11.30am speaker presentations, Q&A
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