Thanks to Ocean Conservancy and Ecozine, who coordinate the Hong Kong cleanups, International Coastal Cleanup coordinators from Asia Pacific and Ocean Conservancy will meet to share and learn from each other.
ICCS conducts public education about issues pertaining to threats faced by marine and mangrove ecosystems. To expose yourself to other issues in the local biodiversity scene, the Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium is a full day event held every four years by the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. It aims to update the Singaporean community of changes to the local biodiversity landscape, and if you would like to find out more about them and past symposia, do visit their webpage at biodiversitysg4.wordpress.com/about.
The fourth Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium, to be held at NUS University Auditorium 2 on Sat 01 Aug 2015 explores the theme of “What’s Next?”, alluding to the changing Biodiversity and Conservation landscape of Singapore. Researchers, managers, educators and conservationists will share you news from Singapore’s biodiversity landscape and inspire youth to play a greater role in biodiversity and the environment in Singapore.
To defray costs, the symposium registration fee is $10/person and $6/student. Two hefty teas to mingle over are provided between sessions, so you will be well fed!
John Kerry of the US State Department on human threat on our oceans and how we might protect it:
From the ourocean2014.state.gov webpage:
“Our ocean today is at grave risk – and it’s not happening by accident. Human activity is the cause. Harmful fishing practices, even illegal fishing; giant garbage patches; hundreds of dead zones; and rising carbon dioxide levels – all of it threatens life under the sea. That’s the bad news. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that way. Governments, communities, and individuals can act now to reverse these trends. We can protect the ocean if we all start treating it like ‘our ocean.’”
‘The US Department of State will host the “Our Ocean” Conference on 16 & 17 June (#OurOcean2014). Invited individuals, experts, practitioners, advocates, lawmakers, and the international ocean and foreign policy communities will gather lessons learned, share the best science, offer unique perspectives, and demonstrate effective action.
They aim to chart a way forward, working individually and together, to protect “Our Ocean.”’
The conference will be accessible on the internet.
They add, “wherever you live, you can help in some way. We can make a healthier ocean, for this generation and those to come.”
And ask. “What will you do to help protect our ocean?”
“Show your support and tell others how you’ll make this commitment…”
- I will let my national and local leaders know that protecting our ocean is important to me.
- I will ask whether my seafood has been caught in a sustainable manner.
- I will not eat shark fin soup.
- I will not throw trash into our ocean or waterways.
- I will volunteer at least one day a year to help clean our waterways or beaches.
Visit ourocean2014.state.gov/#s-action to make your pledge and help raise awareness of the conference and the awareness of marine pollution,sustainable fisheries and ocean acidification by joining the Thunderclap!
You can use the tag search #oceans2012 to scroll back to catchup with the tweets due to the time difference – and find more who are discussing the conference proceedings.
It’s obviously not as good as the real thing but we can’t all be there at Salt Lake City. When you are enjoying the live tweets amidst the daily grind, do say thanks to all these science communicators!