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A weekly series of five-minute audio essays on a wide range of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects, brought to you by long-time host Peter Neill. Available for RSS feed, podcast, and syndicated use at no cost by community radio stations worldwide.
Sep 14, 2020
This week on World Ocean Radio: part five of the multi-part BLUEprint series. In this episode–Equity Challenges–we discuss the lopsided outcomes born out by government subsidies and other tax-payer incentives that have, over time, driven consumption toward depletion, the outcomes of which we are dealing with today. Global industry on land, driven by unlimited growth, is now playing out similarly on the ocean through oil and gas exploration, deep sea mining, lack of fisheries catch limits,...
Sep 08, 2020
This week on World Ocean Radio: part four of a multi-part series entitled "BLUEprint: How the Ocean Will Save Civilization". In this episode--Ecology, Ocean and Equity--we share findings from the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy and assert that the sum of an equation of ecology to ocean to equity is the total of inclusion, connection, and justice. The BLUEprint series outlines a new and sustainable way forward for civilization, with the ocean leading the way.
Sep 01, 2020
This week on World Ocean Radio: part three of a multi-part series entitled "BLUEprint: How the Ocean Will Save Civilization". In this episode, WHAT IS OCEAN EQUITY?, we dive into the High Level Panel for Sustainable Ocean Economy and their series of Blue Papers and subsequent report entitled "Towards Ocean Equity" released in August 2020. The Report highlights nine key points on which any future discussions of ocean equity should be based.
Aug 25, 2020
This week on World Ocean Radio: part two of a multi-part series entitled "BLUEprint: How the Ocean Will Save Civilization." In this episode, QUEST FOR EQUITY ON THE OCEAN, we discuss the concept of equity as it relates to ownership and share of investment, and we ask listeners to consider whether equity can be equally and inclusively shared in order for there to be security and peace for all. And we assert that if we look to the ocean as a place for equal shareholders not just to take, buy, and...
Aug 17, 2020
This week on World Ocean Radio: part one of a new multi-part series entitled "BLUEprint: How the Ocean Will Save Civilization". In this episode, Security and Peace on the Ocean, we are asked to examine our current conventions, ideas and interests related to equity, justice, morality and resource consumption if we are to achieve true peace and security as a human race.
Aug 11, 2020
There are numerous examples of the ways that water consumption and use go unseen in our daily lives. From clothing to food, from paper to metal and wood products, from packaging to smart phones, automobiles to energy extraction, and so much more. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we argue for the ways that water use and consumption should be rated and labeled on every product we consume as a means to calculate the true cost of the most important and valuable resource on earth.
Aug 07, 2020
In World Ocean Radio's Slavery: Heritage and Identity series we discuss the maritime origins of slavery; the last slave ships that ran kidnapped cargo from Africa to North America; the atrocities of the slave trade and the continuity of structural racism within the U.S. and elsewhere; examples of people of African origin taking back their history and cultural interpretation; the ways in which our shared identity have been shaped by an amalgamation of cultures; projects around the world...
Aug 03, 2020
This week on World Ocean Radio we share the final episode of the five-part Slavery: Heritage and Identity series. In this broadcast we look at the ways we as global citizens can promote and connect with the ocean community to advance understanding of the African experience as part of our shared maritime history. We highlight two examples of projects in Africa promoting connection and ocean literacy.
Jul 28, 2020
This week on World Ocean Radio: part four of the five-part Slavery: Heritage and Identity series. In this episode we discuss the history of La Amistad , the 19th century Spanish slave ship that ran kidnapped human cargo to Cuba to support the sugar plantations. La Amistad is famous for the 1839 slave uprising and capture of the vessel, the ensuing legal battle for their freedom, and the construction effort of a replica ship launched in 2000 to continue an international conversation about...
Jul 20, 2020
In this episode of World Ocean Radio, part three of the five-part Slavery: Heritage and Identity series, we introduce listeners to Diving with a Purpose, an organization dedicated to the conservation and protection of submerged heritage resources by providing education, training, certification and field experience to adults and youth in the fields of maritime archaeology and ocean conservation, and to document and protect African slave trade shipwrecks and the maritime history and culture of...
Jul 13, 2020
In this episode of World Ocean Radio, part two of the five-part Slavery: Heritage and Identity series, we discuss trans-Atlantic slavery in the context of the UNESCO Slave Route Project: Resistance, Liberty, Heritage that was established to break the silence and liberate the history surrounding slavery and the slave trade.
Jul 06, 2020
What were thought to be the remains of America's last slave ship--the Clotilda--were unearthed on a muddy river bank in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta in Alabama in 2018. These purported remains, and the artifacts from another slave ship, the São José-Paquete de Africa, are important symbols of the cultural relationship and interconnected history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, part one of a five-part series entitled Slavery: Heritage and Identity, we discuss...
Jun 29, 2020
This week on World Ocean Radio we review a new book by photographer George Steinmetz with essays by Andrew Revkin. "The Human Planet: Earth at the Dawn of the Anthropocene" is a collection of stunning photographs of our planet taken from above. The photos are evocative, powerful, emotional and stunning encapsulations of Nature and, for better and for ill, the aspirations of civilization. Published by Harry N. Abrams, April 7, 2020. Available at your local bookseller.
Jun 23, 2020
This week on World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill asks us to look to the ocean during these turbulent times of social unrest, to recognize the ocean as at times a connector and circulator of slaves and refugees, but now also as the great equalizer and unifier for all who care to live collaboratively, in agreement, with equity and reciprocity.
Jun 15, 2020
This week on World Ocean Radio we discuss the Sargasso Sea--a verdant, vital ecosystem that supports a great diversity of life, provides shelter for marine mammals, and serves as a repository for much of the spoils of human endeavor: shipping, fishing, harvesting, and pollution. And we discuss conservation efforts including the Hamilton Declaration and the formation of the Sargasso Sea Commission, protection measures working toward the establishment of an International Marine Protected Area.
Jun 08, 2020
World events have made 2020 a more difficult year than it was already shaping up to be. Ocean systems have never been more challenged than today, and the ocean has never been more essential as we plan for change. The World Ocean Observatory is a major utility for ocean communication, and we are dedicated to our work as a means to advance public awareness and political will. On this World Oceans Day--and every day--we are advocating for the health of the ocean through education, public...