Yesterday, Jane Lubchenco addressed a rapt audience at the Arthur M. Sackler Colloqiua of the National Academy of Sciences on “Coupled Human and Environmental Systems.”
Her talk, entitled “Enough with the doom and gloom! Holistic approaches bring hope for people and the environment” focused on success stories in fisheries management and Marine Protected Area regulations.
Her message isn’t sugar coating – there are plenty of challenges and motivations to be worked out. Yet through top-down and bottom-up approaches, significant improvements can be made. For example, some fish stocks are increasing. Scale-able solutions need to be identified. Get involved, and stay hopeful.
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