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Ocean Optimism

October 20, 7:00 PM


We have faced over the last decade an unrelenting torrent of bad news about the ocean, and past losses and future threats cannot be denied. Yet much of the damage the ocean has suffered to date stems from problems we can do something about. Indeed, in recent years we have witnessed a growing number of successes in saving species, protecting places, harvesting wisely, reducing pollution, and restoring habitats. Some whale populations have come back from the brink, and turtles are returning to some beaches. Sea otters once decimated by hunting now attract tourists, and oysters are returning to America’s coastal waters. These and other examples inspired the Ocean Optimism initiative (including #OceanOptimism) that Dr. Knowlton helped to launch in order to recognize, learn from, replicate, scale up, and celebrate our successes. There is still much to be done, but only focusing on the “doom and gloom” can lead to apathy. As Joan Baez wrote, action is the antidote to despair.
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October 20
7:00 PM




Colby College
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