Enough Doom and Gloom: Holistic Approaches Bring Hope for People and Ocean
Unprecedented changes in the ocean and human uses present very significant challenges to sustainable use of the ocean. From collapsing fisheries to dead zones and ocean acidification, from coral bleaching to plastic pollution, the news is seemingly hopeless. But bubbling up from countries around the world are innovative, science-based solutions that are proving successful in addressing many of the key problems. The big questions are: Are these solutions scalable? What are the enabling conditions for these solutions to become the norm? Can they work in light of climate change and ocean acidification? How can institutions become more nimble? What science and monitoring are needed to inform these solutions?
Dr. Jane Lubchenco, University Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University and the first U.S. Science Envoy for the Ocean at the State Department, is a marine ecologist with expertise in oceans, climate change, and interactions between the environment and human well-being. She served as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from 2009-2013 where she helped craft the U.S. National Ocean Policy and return U.S. fisheries to sustainability and profitability. Her research and policy efforts have helped lead to creation of fully protected marine areas around the world. A Ph.D. in ecology from Harvard University, she is one of the “most highly cited” ecologists in the world with eight publications as “Science Citation Classics.” She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society and has received numerous awards including 20 honorary doctorates. She co-founded three organizations that train scientists to be better communicators and engage more effectively with the public, policy makers, media and industry: The Leopold Leadership Program, COMPASS, and Climate Central. She is passionate about infusing good science into policy making and public understanding.