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World Ocean Radio in December

"It is simplistic and defeatist to deny the threat of climate change. Yes, it is complicated both to understand and to accept, and the easiest answer is to avoid the problem by denying its existence, or postpone its consideration, or leave it for the next generation. Excuses abound: too hard to do, too expensive, too disruptive to the status quo, too politically uncomfortable. The externalities of climate change are real and dangerous. The hard question is: are we too cowardly and too irresponsible to confront them?"
~ From World Ocean Radio: Externalities

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World Ocean Radio: People's Climate March
A Matter of Scale
About this episode: As the world population has grown, the demand for food has increased, technologies for more efficient harvest have evolved, and our natural systems have been exploited at ever-increasing scale. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we present a recent suggestion by Dr. Daniel Pauly of the Sea Around Us Project which outlines a simple management plan that would solve the fisheries problem through an economic adjustment of scale.
World Ocean Radio: War & Water
The Chemical Ocean
About this episode: Toxic chemicals released into watersheds and waterways remain a persistent problem despite the sounding of alarms, which for decades have railed against the uncontrolled use of fertilizers and pesticides. Today, the issue is as pervasive and as threatening as ever. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we share research on international protections and management approaches and argue that despite best intentions, precautions against use and dispersal are limited, confused, mired in regulatory bureaucracy, and lacking in international consensus.
World Ocean Radio: Global Water Contract, Part II
Climate Risk Management
About this episode: At a recent conference and planning workshop sponsored by the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, participants took part in a climate risk management exercise to define possible climate change scenarios. They were given lists of risks, impacts, and vulnerabilities as tools to imagine viable responses. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we describe the exercise and explain the scenarios and how they might be transformed and implemented as plans for action. And he argues that the need for risk management is necessary, regardless of the climate change debate.
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World Ocean Radio: Global Water Contract, Part I
About this episode: Externality refers to a disconnected or unconsidered consequence. Hydrofracking, mountaintop removal, filled wetlands, carbon emissions, and plastic pollution are all examples of intrusion into natural systems where the full cost is not valued. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we discuss the real, various, and dangerous externalities of climate change and assert that to deny them is simplistic and defeatist.
Five Pledges You Can Make to Improve Ocean Health in 2015

Be the best Citizen of the Ocean you can be by taking these simple steps today.
Ocean Literacy Curriculum
1. Choose Wisely: Sustainable Seafood
Only consume seafood (at home and in restaurants) that has been raised or harvested through documented sustainable processes.
Visualization Theater
2. Use Less Plastic
In 2015 refuse plastic first, then choose only those that can be reused or recycled. Avoid all products using non-biodegradable packaging, Styrofoam, and plastic wrap.
Ocean Exemplars
3. Remember the Downstream
Leave all upland natural areas, waterways, and beaches cleaner than when you found them. All things lead to the ocean.
 Ocean Exemplars
4. Make Alternative the New Normal
Adopt alternative technologies as you can: fuel efficient vehicles, solar, tidal, and wind energy production, and other options whenever possible.

5. Consume Less Carbon
Pledge to reduce your personal annual consumption of fossil fuels by 25% this year: carpool, use public transportation, walk and bike when you can.

Take the Citizens of the Ocean Pledge!
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Citizens of the Ocean is a socially-driven movement, a growing network of informed individuals motivated by a love of the ocean and an understanding that global connection is a powerful way to defend and sustain the ocean. We are joined together against the bankrupt values of the past, and united as a force for the future. Take the Citizens of the Ocean pledge today. Join us in making a change in the right direction for the future of the ocean.

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