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Future sea : how to rescue and protect the world's oceans

Author: Deborah Rowan Wright
Publisher: Chicago, IL : The University of Chicago Press, 2020. ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Rather than continue to focus on discrete, geographically bounded bodies of water, ocean advocate and marine-policy researcher Deborah Wright urges a Plan Sea, which reimagines the oceans as the continuous ecosystem it is, not disconnected buckets of salt and plankton. This book proposes that the global marine environment be protected under the precautionary principle. It argues that the policy framework for such  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Deborah Rowan Wright
ISBN: 9780226542676 022654267X
OCLC Number: 1143639690
Description: 192 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Back-to-front world --
The laws of life --
Teeming seas --
The free sea --
Theory to reality --
Counteroffensive --
Worrying about the wrong stuff --
The silver bullet? --
The power of many small changes --
Finding like minds.
Responsibility: Deborah Rowan Wright.

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"Rather than continue to focus on discrete, geographically bounded bodies of water, ocean advocate and marine-policy researcher Deborah Wright urges a Plan Sea, which reimagines the oceans as the continuous ecosystem it is, not disconnected buckets of salt and plankton. This book proposes that the global marine environment be protected under the precautionary principle. It argues that the policy framework for such protection already exists -- it just needs to be enforced. In a series of case studies, with first-person vignettes woven throughout, Wright encourages us to begin every conversation about ocean policy with the assumption that any extractive or polluting activities in the world's oceans should require special permission. Her argument invokes the Public Trust Doctrine already embedded in many constitutions, and hinges on the Law of the Sea, which was established by the U.N. in 1982 to protect the "high seas," or the remote parts of the ocean considered international waters. To some, Wright's plan may seem idealistic, but its audacity might also be seen as a welcome nudge to our collective imagination. Many scientists are convinced that ocean ecosystems are on the brink of collapse -- there's something to be said, then, for a book that's radical enough to unlock new thinking about what might be possible, and maybe necessary, in terms of their protection"--

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"In this cautionary if hopeful debut, environmentalist Rowan Wright urges society to take responsibility for the fate of the oceans. Despite the threat of climate change, 'there are plenty of reasons Read more...

 
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