Biohabitats’ Leaf Litter
Vol. 6 Number 3

With the onset of summer, our thoughts often turn to vacation. For many of us, this means a journey to the ocean. The mere act of burying one’s toes in the sand and gazing at the surf can be more rejuvenating than a full body massage. But despite their restorative power, the world’s oceans are sick. Sixteen percent of the world’s coral reefs are disappearing within a single year and populations of various ocean wildlife are declining.

Can something so vast, so powerful and so plentiful really be in peril? How important is marine biodiversity, anyway? Is anyone doing anything about it? How are our oceans governed?

In this issue of Leaf Litter, we’ll plunge into the topic of ocean health as it pertains to the fields of ecological restoration, conservation planning and regenerative design.

We’ll begin by talking with Tom McCann, the Director of Strategic Communications for Ocean Conservancy, an organization dedicated to promoting healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems on through research, education, and science-based advocacy. Based on what you told us in your responses to our reader survey on ocean health. Public education about this issue is critical, so Tom has his work cut out for him.

All is not doom and gloom when it comes to our oceans. In fact, when it comes to oceans, we encourage you to Go Ahead And Play. The number of ways to enjoy the world’s oceans is as expansive as the oceans themselves.Many of you will likely want to dive further into this fascinating topic. We encourage you to do so, and hope that the links we’ve provided are helpful.

Further Reading

Meet Conservation Biologist Nolan Schillerstrom
Get to know Allyson Gibson, Biohabitats Extern
Get to Know Graphic Designer Joey Marshall
Evolution: A New Leadership Team for Biohabitats
Biohabitats receives ASLA’s highest honor

More From This Author

Thoughts on Ecological Restoration and Climate Change
The Island of Vieques After Hurricane Maria’s Devastation in the Caribbean
A Look at the Degree of Conservation Along the Colorado River: a guest blog post by freelance writer Meika Jensen
Repercussions of a repealed stormwater fee in Baltimore County
Thoughts on Biomimicry