Ocean – Climate
In December 2009, in collaboration with The Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands and 40 other international ocean organizations, World Ocean Observatory and our media partner, Compass Light, created Ocean=Climate <http://www.oceanclimate.org> , an on-line presentation of the synergistic inter-action between ocean and climate systems. The initiative was part of Ocean Day at the Copenhagen climate summit, a gathering at the European Environment Agency of ocean experts advocating the need to include the ocean perspective in the climate treaty negotiations.
Ocean=Climate surveys the full range of issues and impacts to include CO2 emissions, polar melt, extreme weather, ocean currents, ocean acidification, fresh water, disease, biodiversity, coastal resources, economic effects, and the particular challenges to small island nations. The site contains numerous video interviews, surveys the present situation, offers exemplary solutions, and provides a forum for visitors to comment and contribute to an on-going conversation about ocean and climate themes.
The interviewees also address immediate and future responses, advocating for mitigation, adapatation, invention, and public participation through policy, specific projects, education, and individual action.
This initiative is designed to be used by all interested organizations as an informational tool. We urge you to link Ocean=Climate to your institutional site <http://www.oceanclimate.org/content/badges> and to forward it to colleagues, friends and family.