Press Release: Ocean sciences are essential in the fight against climate change

Today,  25th October, Ifremer, the CNRS and the IRD, with support from the Ocean & Climate Platform, Thomas Pesquet and ESA, are launching a digital world tour of ocean and climate sciences, christened OneOceanScience. Scientists from the entire world are participating. Together, they will explain why ocean sciences are essential for better understanding and protecting the ocean. “Why does ocean science matter?” They’re sounding the alarm: the ocean’s well-being affects all of us and it should be a central part of the climate negotiations.

Sharing ocean knowledge from around the world

Brought together by OneOceanScience, 37 scientists from 33 countries will speak up through a series of short videos on the immersive platform They’ll talk about why ocean science is essential (Why does ocean science matter?). They’ll explain how the ocean and climate are linked and what solutions they’re working on to preserve ocean ecosystems and society in the face of climate change.  ISS Commander in chief, Thomas Pesquet, will share his vision of the ocean and lend support to scientists. Thanks to support from the Ocean & Climate Platform, the OneOceanScience campaign will also be present at COP26 in Glasgow to represent ocean sciences ahead of the international negotiations.

WIOMSA &  OneOceanScience

WIOMSA’s video on the importance of ocean science will be launched on 31 October 2021 at 10.00 GMT+2! We will also feature climate change scientists from the Western Indian Ocean region explaining why ocean science matters on WIOMSA social media platforms on 26-31st October 2021.

“The ocean has sustained our forefathers and continues to do so as our food basket, nourishing us physically and spiritually. The land has changed dramatically in the last decade. However, the ocean’s changes appear to be much slower and hidden. Our WIO’s goal is to fund ocean science to track hidden changes and their impacts. It is vital to be aware of changes to help communities cope and adapt,” said Jacqueline Uku, WIOMSA President.

Oneoceanscience, representing Ocean Sciences At Cop26 

Financed by the Ocean & Climate priority research program and categorized as a UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development action, OneOceanScience will kick off COP26’s day on oceans—Ocean Action Day—on November 5 in Glasgow.

“We urge COP 26 to include more ocean-based potential in policy responses to climate change and its consequences. WIOMSA will increase its regional investment in ocean science in order to better understand human-caused climate change and assist the WIO region in making better climate policy decisions,” says Arthur Tuda, Executive Secretary, WIOMSA.  

Today, the message from the scientific community is clear and the facts are beyond a doubt: our future depends on a healthy ocean and we need knowledge from scientific activity to better protect it!  

Read the full Press Release.

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