2009 Green Forum to focus on oceans

Jean-Michel Cousteau, Chairman of the Board of Green Cross France and an Honorary Board member of the Green Cross International will be delivering the closing remarks at the end of the two-day event on oceans in Miami. The annual Green Forum to promote sustainability by the PODER business magazine is being organized by the Americas Business Council in association with National Geographic Society.

Photo Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Green Cross International is one of the three institutional partners of the Miami event and Mr. Alexander Likhotal, President of Green Cross International is on its Advisory Board. Oceana and Natural Resources Defense Council are the other two institutional partners.

The oceans make up 98 percent of the biosphere and cover over 70 per cent of the surface of the earth. However, without a turn-around in global policy, they face a bleak future. The ocean absorbs as much of a third of carbon dioxide emissions. The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than it has been for at least 365,000 years. As a result, today the sea is 30 per cent more acidic and scientists fear that it will trigger a ripple effect throughout the entire food chain.
Large-scale industrial fishing depletes ocean life and land-based industries inject the seas with pollutants, meanwhile legal frameworks in place to check damages are ignored or only selectively enforced. The result is the destruction of marine habitats, the collapse of fishing stocks, polluted coastal waters and poisoned seafood.
The Miami event will bring world renowned scientists, scholars, corporate leaders and senior policymakers to discuss the effects of climate change, pollution and over fishing on the world’s oceans as well as scientific, financial and political solutions that will help preserve and ensure a sustainable economic model for the use of oceans’ resources.
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