Managing Our Planet Session to Focus on Oceans

Posted: May 16, 2011 at 1:01 am, Last Updated: May 13, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Mason and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute and Environmental Change and Security Program are hosting a dialogue on “Managing the Oceans” on Wednesday, May 18, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

The program includes:

  • Jane Lubchenco, under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Enric Sala, marine ecologist and ocean fellow at the National Geographic Society
  • Thomas Lovejoy, Mason University Professor in environmental science and policy, as moderator

Significant challenges face marine ecosystems today. Over-fishing, ocean acidification, oil spills and other human impacts threaten diversity and productivity, and the combined trends of climate change and resource scarcity are expected to accelerate these effects.

Managing our oceans is a balancing act that requires cooperation on a global scale to prove successful, these experts will attest.

Lubchenco will discuss the fact that it is a critical time for our oceans and coasts. The oceans are changing, our uses of the oceans are changing and our expectations and demands of the oceans and coastal areas are changing. The decisions we make now will impact the global health of the oceans for generations.

Sala has dedicated his career to understanding and finding ways to mitigate human impacts on marine life. He will discuss the state of the oceans and what is needed to affect and manage policy.

This session is part of the “Managing the Planet” dialogues developed jointly by Mason and the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program and Brazil Institute. The dialogue will be held at the Wilson Center’s sixth floor Flom Auditorium. See directions online.

The program is free but an RSVP to with your name and affiliation is required.

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