In the wake of the IPCC’s latest synthesis report, the Ocean & Climate Platform (OCP) has published a paper on the role of marine ecosystems, the impacts of human activities and climate change, and the solutions they could offer.
Why we must protect our seagrass meadowsThe rapidly changing climate is pushing life in our oceans to the brink. More than 50% of our seagrasses have been lost. Just like rainforests and coral reefs these underwater gardens are under threat. The good news is solutions exist.
A short environmental documentary about seagrass meadows in Cornwall.
A collaboration between Project Seagrass & LIFE Recreation ReMEDIES with extra support and funding from Natural England, Ocean Conservation Trust, Falmouth Harbour, Cornwall Council, Feel Good Drinks & Eden Project.
Seagrass is one of the most important ecosystems on our planet. This incredible marine plant – goes unnoticed by many – yet absorbs vast amounts of carbon from the atmosphere and provides a home for a huge diversity of marine animals. Including critically endangered species such as the Seahorse and also the young of commercially important species such as Pollock, Cod and whiting.
Shockingly, the UK is predicted to have lost up to 92% of its Seagrass during the last century. This is mostly due to negative human impacts.
There is much more that can be done to protect these productive, biodiverse underwater meadows.
Produced, directed, filmed & edited by Lewis Jefferies.
Executive producer Dr Richard Lilley.
Narrated by Charlie Young.
Original Score by David John Williamson.
After more than a decade of talks and negotiations, UN Member States have agreed a High Seas Treaty that will ensure the protection and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction.
Creating a well-protected and sustainably managed ocean is a tough challenge, but by working together across borders it can be met – and 2023 presents a suite of critical opportunities for meaningful global action.