MAEEC faculty featured on Oceans Day

The National Marine Biodiveristy Institute of Korea

The oceans are enormous places: and while we know and love our coastal environments, the open ocean and the deep sea, which comprises most of the oceanic realm, is a dark, cold and inhospitable place for humans. And yet as large as the oceans are, human impact, though over-harvesting of living creatures, chemical pollution, plastic wastes and the loading of the atmosphere with carbon dioxide resulting in ocean acidification, has clearly damaged the marine environment.

Dr. Elin Kelsey, a long-time associate faculty member in the MA program in Environmental Education and Communication (MAEEC) was the keynote speaker at the Canadian Network for Ocean Education (CaNOE) conference in Halifax, .N.S on June 9th. Elin helped to start #oceanoptimism, a fabulous twitter feed, and has just published a paper, The Rise of Ocean Optimism: Sharing uplifting news of resilience and recovery fuels hope, in The Hakai Magazine. The themes of her keynote talk was that of highlighting the important work being done to undo damaging impacts on ocean environments world-wide.

Dr. Rick Kool, program head of the MAEEC, was an invited speaker at the Marine Biodiversity Institute of Korea’s (MABIK) 2nd International Symposium on June 9th. This symposium, having speakers from China, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Japan and Canada, focused on international trends of efforts for conservation and sustainable uses of marine biodiversity. Not as optimistic as Elin, Rick’s presentation was titled “Love, violence and hope: Marine biodiversity conservation and education at a time of radical change.”