The Marine Institute has called on the people of Ireland to help the Oceans
The Marine Institute and the European Commission are inviting the people of Ireland to participate by completing an online survey.
Irish citizens can share what they consider to be vital to the health of our marine and inland waters, and how we can make sustainable use of our aquatic and marine resources. .
The online survey supports the European Union Mission for Healthy Oceans, Seas and Coastal and Inland Waters. The Mission aims to understand, restore and protect our seas and waters by 2030, by reducing human pressures on marine and freshwater environments, by regenerating degraded ecosystems and by the goods and services. to utilize essential services derived from them. Drawing on the seam of the sea zones, the Mission has five interdependent goals – understanding, revitalization, decontamination, decarbonisation and governance.
The oceans, seas and coastal and inland waters around us cover about 75 percent of the Earth’s surface. They provide us with all the water we drink, half of the oxygen we breathe and about a sixth of the animal protein we eat. Our oceans have a major impact on weather and climate, and since the beginning of heavy industry, it has stored over 25% of human carbon dioxide emissions. Our oceans also support a huge variety of life and ecosystems, and the vast majority of the Earth’s living species are located within our oceans. In addition, our oceans and inland waters support tourism, trade and transport, and benefit our health and well-being.
Dr Peter Heffernan, long-standing marine ambassador, represents Ireland on the Mission Board for Healthy Oceans, Seas, and Coastal and Inland Waters. Speaking about this invitation to the people of Ireland, Dr Heffernan said , “Protecting and restoring the health of our oceans is one of the most decisive efforts of our time, and citizens have a vital role to play in achieving this mission. out. I call on the people of Ireland to help us design and shape our mission to heal our oceans, seas, lakes and waters. The scope of the mission is extremely ambitious but it is vital to the health of our planet and to the well-being of present and future generations. ”
Dr Paul Connolly, Chief Executive of the Marine Institute, said, “ As an island nation, Ireland has a unique relationship with the sea and coastal and inland waters. It is our greatest natural resource, providing us with food, influencing our weather and climate, supporting marine ecosystems, sustaining and enhancing our coastal communities the economy. The people of Ireland have the opportunity to express the importance of the sea in their daily lives and to set priorities for achieving a healthy ocean. ”
The Mission to understand, revitalize and protect our oceans and waters by 2030 is ambitious, but it is extremely important to the health of the planet and the well-being of future generations. Citizens play a vital role in achieving this mission. They will help set goals and objectives and ensure that people ‘s lives have a visible impact. In conjunction with the Marine Institute, the European Commission wants to consult with Irish citizens to find out what they consider to be the most important points for the health of seas and inland waters, and how we can use them. and the sustainable benefit of marine and aquatic resources. Anyone can join, who wants to contribute to a better future, bluer. A dedicated relationship exercise for Irish citizens is underway in Ireland in August 2020 and includes an online citizen survey. To complete the survey, see https://getinvolvedinmissions.eu/conferences/oceans/f/164/
Source: Marine Institute