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GSA Newsletter-27th Foundation Day Issue
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Welcome to My Blog- Climate Crossroads: Protecting Oceans, Combating Climate Change!

Ocean, climate change, mitigation, SDG 14, SDG 13

For around three decades, I have been actively involved in the domain of environment and also contributed at my professional and individual levels to UNFCCC’- Conference of Parties (COPs) in recent years and have authored many articles and book in reputed publications. Keenly watching, analyzing and reporting progresses of Conference of Parties for past several years. Had on to my agenda to engage/advocate on "Role of Ocean in Climate Change" because ocean holds the key to mitigating its impact.

Blogger (Dr. Anil Pratap Singh) at Mumbai Port Trust, Mumbai, India discussing people on Protecting Oceans and Combating Climate Change

Why this Climate Crossroad is significant

Ocean cherishes incredible biodiversity i.e. around 80% of all life forms resides here. Also being an imperative source of sustenance and livelihood because it produces food, mineral and energy for life as essential not only for survival and but for being flourished as well. Due to ever increasing demand for food in the current pandemic of corona-virus, ocean is optimism. The livelihood and lives of more than 3 billion people highly rely on marine and coastal biodiversity. Since ocean not only absorbs large amounts (around 25%) of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) but also produce more than 50 percent of the essential oxygen. Minute ocean flora i.e. phytoplankton, mostly exist near surface of the water and drift with its currents, contribute 50 to 85 percent of the oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere. Using carbon dioxide and sunlight to make their food during photosynthesis, these phytoplankton generate oxygen, as a byproduct, which is essential for animals’ breath including human beings. Ocean not only absorbs CO2 emissions but also captures around 90 percent of the heat generated from these emissions and safeguards the planet against the brunt of climate change; thereby help in placating SDG-13 as well. In the meetings of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), to achieve the objectives of the 14th Sustainable Development Goal i.e. 'Life Below Water, ocean issues incorporated into the ‘NDCs’ and 'National Adaptation Plans (NAPs)' by the Member States and in August 2015, 193 countries had appropriately agreed on this. Also, the period from 2021 to 2030 declared in the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) as ‘UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development' more particularly to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)-14 in order to conserve and sustainably use oceans, seas as well as marine resources. More than 3/4th of the biodiversity exist in ocean. Coastal regions were specifically important both because of livelihood and other economic activities including tourism and transportation. Also, the global ocean economic activity, per annum, was estimated between US$ 3 trillion to US$ 6 trillion contributing to the world economy i.e. ‘blue economy’. On the other hand, pollution, ocean-acidification, climate change etc. are creating turmoil in marine biochemistry and losses in its biodiversity, apprehending food and human welfare on the whole.

Closing Message to readers

"Everyday Actions for Healthy Oceans & Climate necessary towards empowering change."

Inviting readers to be the part of the solution and feel free to leave a comment. You can also buy my book, "Ocean & Environmental Sustainability" which is on limited-time one-month sale between 15th May 2024 to 15th June 2024 on the occasion of World Environment Day 2024. The title is of immense use both for students and professionals with interest in environmental sciences. The original cost is INR 250/- but you can have during the above mentioned period in just INR 99/- and even this INR 99/- will be used in "PLANTING THE TREE". You can directly pay by scanning the QR Code given below and email your postal address and proof of the payment to: (with the mention of number of copies as required). Wish you a happy reading!!!

Online Summer School on “Climate Change and Role of Ocean” organized by the Global Science Academy (GSA), Basti (Uttar Pradesh) India (on World Environment Day, 05th June 2023 #BeatPlasticPollution & World Ocean Day, 08th June 2023).

The event was efficacious enough in having endorsement as one of the UN Ocean Decade Event from esteemed Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which has also been promoted by their website as well as social media handles. Besides, United Nations World Ocean Day website also made its approval and aired at their website and they also tweeted the above significant event from their twitter handle. In addition to these, the same event was also announced through Ocean Decade Stakeholders’ Forum and was successful in drawing attention of many varied stakeholders and professionals of the domain. Moreover, at the climate solutions platform of “We Don’t have Time”, the event flashed towards grabbing attention of ‘Ocean Community’ as well as ‘Ocean Best Practices’ and the international community cordially supported this ‘Climate Idea’ and some of them considered it as an innovation and advocated for financing such initiatives. To name a few of them who buoyed the idea included Ms. Marine Stephan of We Don’t have Time, Ms. Lucinda Ramsay, Ms. Ajema Lydiah, Mr. Sven Nilson, Mr. Kamu Daniel, Ms. Lydiah Lynne, Ms. Edwin Wangambe, Ms. Grace Njeri and many others.

The summer school was keenly joined by students, learners as well as some of the professionals of eminence wherein importance of ocean and ways and means to beat plastic pollution discussed in details. Besides Indian participants, Climate Smart Community Task Force Member Ms. Paula Wildermuth from New York (USA), Mr. Nicholas Whall of Ocean Warrior New Zealand, Oceanography student Mr. Lavio Jorge of Mozambique shown their keen interest in the summer school.

In India, the event was enthusiastically attended by students of organization’s (-Global Science Academy), Science Brigade of India. Prof. (Dr.) Rabinarayan Satpathy Director Vice Chancellor Office and Dean of Sri Sri University Cuttack, Odisha; GSA’s Science Brigade lead from Chhattisgarh State and environmental science researcher at Surguja University Mr. Avinash Pratap Gupta and Scholar Ms. Mamuani from Mizoram etc. were among those who profoundly supported the cause of this initiative of climate change resilience and ocean mitigation in broader spectrum.

Through these announcements, some of the ocean professionals contacted the Global Science Academy (GSA) in order to contribute their time who are now included in the GSA’s ‘global think tank’.

Whilst concluding, vote of thanks proposed by Dr. Anil Pratap Singh, Founder Director and the General Secretary of the GSA. Press-release issued in English and Hindi languages for leading newspapers which authentically published as well.

In its observances, “Awishkar” NRDC (Govt. of India) digitally shared amongst the Hindi language versed participants for massive awareness. Another article as accepted in an international environment magazine, ‘TerraGreen’ is also to be shared soon,

Whilst concluding, vote of thanks proposed by Dr. Anil Pratap Singh, Founder Director and the General Secretary of the GSA.

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