Saturday, 7 June 2014

How TerraMar Was Born -- by StudentRebuilders/Ghislaine Maxwell

reprinted from June 6, 2014 TerraMar Project
Students Rebuild: How TerraMar Was Born
Student Rebuilders: The world water crisis has many complex parts that are all related: drinking water scarcity, food insecurity, declining ocean health, gender inequality and climate change—just to name a few. In this blog post, Water Wisdom is learning about how Ghislaine Maxwell, founder ofThe TerraMar Project, took a lifelong passion for the vitality of the world’s oceans and turned it into a full-fledged not-for-profit dedicated to educating (and inspiring) all of us on the improvement of life and health of our oceans. In this two-part series, read Ghislaine’s story and what The TerraMar Project is doing to cultivate community around the seas.
Ghislaine Maxwell's 10 minute TED video on Six ways to save the oceans
1. apply public trust law, 2. create more MPAs, 3. resilient models, 4. ban wasteful bycatch, 5. sustainable fishing (unlike bluefin tuna's near-extinction), 6. citizen groups to protect the Commons.

The TerraMar Project is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of creating a global community to give a voice to the least talked about, least explored, and least understood part of our world: the 64% of the ocean that lies outside of any single country’s jurisdiction.
Put another way, 45% of our planet is so mistreated with issues as wide ranging as illegal dumping and fishing, and so unexplored and unappreciated it begs for our involvement. The 45% belongs to you. It is your global commons, the history of which dates back to Emperor Justinian in the sixth century A.D.
With no sovereign owner, the High Seas are a regulatory mess, and the laws that do exist are conflicting—it’s a virtual free for all. It is the part of the ocean that most people, politicians, foundations, and NGO’s tend to ignore by focusing instead on coastal areas.
The idea to focus on the High Seas came in the middle of a sleepless night. Would a tangible sense of ownership, a flag, a passport, an education platform, ambassadors, an ability to have a say in this part of the world, help change the way people feel about this 45%?
The TerraMar Project launched at the end of 2011, and since then I have spoken at the UN 3 times, given a TED talk, spoken on CNN and Bloomberg, and created short videos to highlight TerraMar’s work.
The TerraMar Project’s goal is to create a global ocean community based around our shared ownership of our global commons. We also want to drive awareness, to connect and educate people on all ocean related matters, and to help create an ocean-specific Sustainable Development Goal at the United Nations.
The TerraMar Project is a digital hub for the ocean, is on all social media platforms and publishes a daily digital newspaper, The Daily Catch, keeping TerraMar’s community informed on all water and ocean breaking news and other marine topics of global interest. You can take a virtual diveclaim an ocean parcel, and become an Ambassador. We are building a comprehensive education platform with resources from some of the finest educators and groups, including National Geographic and the University of Oxford. We are creating proprietary lesson plans, which will appeal to students ranging from 8 years old to undergraduates. We also have created an ocean history timeline from the 10th century B.C. through today that can be found on Facebook.
Fish don’t vote, but people do. If everyone took the I Love the Ocean Pledge it would create an incredible movement and provide the impetus necessary to include the ocean in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which will be decided in September of 2014 and detail a road map for sustainable use of our planet for the next 15 years. Don’t you think the ocean should be part of the most important plan for sustainability? Sign the I Love the Ocean Pledge to make the UN pay attention and show politicians people care and are becoming involved.
Jacques Cousteau summarized it well: “For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.”
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