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SDG Newsletter - Goal 14: Life Below Water

Updated: Apr 29, 2023

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Goal 14 | Department of Economic and Social Affairs SDG Goal #14 aims to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”, which relates to the development of small island states, the ocean and sea ecosystem, as well as sustainable tourism. Whether it is acidification, overfishing, or plastic pollution, our biggest ecosystem on this planet - our ocean, is endangered. This is especially the case when our ocean absorbs ¼ of all CO2 in the atmosphere. When taking into account how much we depend on our oceans and how much we need to sustain this ecosystem to coexist with nature in harmony, it becomes undoubtable that we need to withdrew pollutants (plastic or microplastic) from our oceans and seas as quickly as possible while stopping to emit any new pollutants. The ocean covers the majority of the surface area of Earth, when it is hurt, it is not just the fishers and the fishing industries that are hurt, it is our food chain, our climate, our ecosystem, and our family of all creatures on Earth.

Nations Agree on Language for Historic Treaty to Protect Ocean Life - The New York Times Marine life is susceptible to dangers caused by climate change, overfishing, seabed mining and other dangers. As a result, the UN is establishing a new treaty aimed at protecting ocean biodiversity. High seas are the areas of water that aren’t controlled by any nations or laws. Meanwhile, nations are in control of waters 200 miles from their shores. Above all, species all throughout the food chain traverse throughout these waters and are not able to recognize these national boundaries, revealing the need for international collaboration on preserving these species. The extent to which climate change and overfishing have affected marine life has allowed the UN to declare it as an ocean emergency. For instance, sharks and rays have declined by more than 70% since the 1970’s. In addition, new threats towards marine life are emerging as the idea of carbon sequestration is becoming more prevalent. Deep sea mining will threaten unknown, fragile species that are far from sunlight. Humans also bear these consequences as those who rely on oceans for food and jobs will find a sudden depletion of resources. However, developing nations are being penalized for the problems of richer, bigger nations, hence the need for a strong treaty to prevent bigger nations from overexploiting and taking advantage of the ocean.

Willow Project: US government approves Alaska oil and gas development - BBC News Biden approved a large oil and gas drilling project in Alaska, which has met with strong opposition from environmentalists. This is the largest oil development project in the region in decades, with a daily output of 180,000 barrels. However, environmentalists believe that the project is inconsistent with President Biden's commitment to lead climate action. The White House has received over 1,000,000 protest letters. "This is a mistake and a disaster for the wildlife apprentice community and our climate," said the environmental protection agency, although the project can help increase domestic energy production and reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil. However, while off-state executives made record profits, local residents had to contend with the adverse effects of large-scale drilling operations. A president who has taken tough action on climate change has just approved a project called a "carbon bomb"; This is because Willow focuses on politics and law, not the environment. The Biden administration is trying to balance its goal of making the United States a near zero contributor to climate change by 2050 with the pressure to increase fuel supply and maintain low prices. The decision on the project may be one of Biden's most important climate decisions. However, the Biden government is also aware that from a purely climatic perspective, the project cannot truly prove reasonable; That's why most environmentalists don't buy it. The ongoing controversy over the Willow Oil Project demonstrates the determination of people to protect the environment even if the project can create thousands of jobs and income for the local community! When the climate is not deadly, more and more people join Stop Willow, and more people realize that their economic interests cannot afford the cost of environmental pollution. More and more people also realize the importance and necessity of protecting the environment in today's world


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