There is BIG news in the world of marine science. A historic decision has just been made to formally sustain our oceans! Almost 200 countries (including the US) came together and signed a treaty to legally protect marine life in international waters (or high seas
). This new ocean treaty
aims to place 30% of the high seas into protected sanctuaries by 2030. The last agreement to govern the high seas was signed 40 years ago! The treaty also covers environmental assessments to evaluate the potential damage of commercial activities, such as mining. This transformative action is critical given that certain scientific research
warns that almost 90% of marine life is at high risk of negative impacts due to climate change. Now the work begins to implement this treaty and ensure that its purpose is well-stewarded. Skilled scientists with marine research expertise will be in high demand and SML beneficiaries will certainly contribute to its awaited success.
As we anticipate both Cornell Giving Day and UNH’s 603 Challenge, I can’t think of a more inspiring time to invest in the growing needs of our life-sustaining oceans by supporting SML. Our courses and internships provide rigorous training and prepare students for careers in the fields of marine and environmental science and sustainability. Over 60% of our annual budget is sustained by donor support - please join us for a rewarding experience in promoting science education and marine conservation by participating in these critical fundraisers. Our oceans will thank you.