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World Oceans Day is an opportunity for you to incorporate environmental stewardship as a way of life and balance ecological and economic considerations. There is little room to give a detailed account of the problems here, and the reading list may stimulate your thinking about the planet on which we live. This audiovisual presentation provides you with images of remote Airlie Beach (Queensland Health, 2021). Airlie Beach is over three hours drive from Townsville in Queensland, Australia. Furthermore, Lee Kernaghan and Robby X bring you pictures from the Australian coast and more. Australians Lee and Robby provide illustrative examples of country music, including reflections from an island nation that shows their unique style (Holland, 2019).
The following paragraphs are a touchstone to enhance your awareness of a few critical issues connected to our oceans and the broader environment. Our communities of nations conduct trade and commerce, and these activities need to hold at centre focus oceans and the earth. Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, and other countries share trading and diplomatic bonds as suggested by the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (Government of Canada, 2019). Human activities, including commercial, have adverse implications for the oceans’ sustainability and the right to live in a healthy environment. Our oceans are generally unhealthy, and their capacity to lessen human poverty and disadvantage is limited. See the World Bank (2014) for more information on oceans and commercial impacts.
Market forces, including globalization and technological acceleration, have increased inequality and the oceans’ well-being. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified divisions outside nations, exacerbating economic and political divisions (International Monetary Fund, 2021). Examples of problems at work, study, and home include:
- apathy and mistrust,
- decreased quality of life and distress,
- environmental degradation
- commercial, ethnic, and political tensions,
- inadequate health conditions,
- unemployment and underemployment.
Increasing inequality gives the public, including policymakers and legislators, social, economic and environmental challenges. Commercial and environmental law and policy boundaries become blurred as we manage and oversee policies and practices. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is an example of international environmental law (Bates, 2006). The Convention is designed to safeguard the oceans and sets out states’ rights and duties to access and manage these.
Human responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have had mixed implications for the environment (Rume & Islam, 2020). While air and water quality may be improving in and around our cities, there is inappropriate disposal of medical and chemical wastes. Brittanica (n.d.) indicated that “the ocean is downstream from nearly every terrestrial location.” Think about how you will discard such items as your face masks, disinfectants, and plastics, and these often reach the oceans. You can make a difference and contribute to healthy, sustainable and vibrant oceans and environments on World Oceans Day and beyond!
Brittanica (n.d.). Plastic pollutions in oceans and on land. Retrieved from Brittanica.com
Campos, R. (2021). Exploring Different Forms of Engaging Different Publics With Environmental Sustainability in Source Handbook of Research on Cultural Heritage and Its Impact on Territory Innovation and Development. Retrieved from igi-global.com
Convention on the Law of the Sea, Dec. 10, 1982, 1833 U.N.T.S. 397.
Government of Canada (2019). C.P.T.P.P. partner: Australia. Retrieved from Government of Canada
Holland, T. (2019). Lee Kernaghan and Robby X invite you to be in their music video. Retrieved from YouTube.com
Karnaghan, L & X, R. (2019). Where I Wanna Be. Retrieved from YouTube.com
Queensland Government (2021). Rural and remote areas. Retrieved from the Queensland Government
Rume, T. & S.M. D. Islam (2020). Environmental effects of COVID-19 pandemic and potential strategies of sustainability. Retrieved from US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health Search
Stiglitz, J. (2021). Conquering the Great Divide. Retrieved from the International Monetary Fund
World Bank (2014) Ocean Sector Results Profile. Retrieved from the World Bank