Everywhere I look in the mainstream press lately, green issues are increasingly dominating our political and social landscape – philanthropists too, are seeing the necessity and bigger picture of focusing their time and energies in this direction. CNN has been running interesting online reportage about the environment, covering issues like the positive advancements in solar energy, nuclear fusion and now the plight of the world’s oceans. It’s timely that a lengthy piece written by famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau’s grandson, Philippe Cousteau, has appeared and the message is very simple: the oceans, and us as a result, are in peril. This comes at a time when international fishing waters and restrictions are being ratified and government quotas are under constant scrutiny. But, what is nice about the article is its non-proselytizing tone and the simple encouragement, through facts, of our interconnectivity.
“Despite the challenges our ocean faces, I believe it’s time to recapture the sense of wonder and inspiration my grandfather and father felt when they gazed on its surface. In fact, the ocean can and should be a source of hope and solutions for a brighter future,” writes Philippe. He continues by stating another oft-overlooked idea posited by his grandfather, “The technology that we use to abuse the planet is the same technology that can help us to heal it.” This is true, and the article comes at exactly the same time that another piece appeared on CNN detailing how many clean water initiatives may come to fruition by 2030 – meaning everyone on the planet can have clean drinking water if we continue to work towards the goal. This also needs to tie in with a more rigorous clean-ocean protocol, working to save the global fish stocks (rapidly disappearing) and set new international guidelines for international water spaces (hitherto very difficult to enforce); a step back from the grinding financial imperatives of how many of us live, and a real look at what benefits we take from the oceans. This is the essence of what Philippe is saying. The news is good, if we continue to recognize in a calm and resolute fashion what is at stake here – everything.