A primer on the imminent demise of the Earth’s lifegiving force.
Rich in minerals and diamonds, the seabed has become a target for commercial exploitation without any true understanding of the consequences on marine ecosystems. Marine diamond mining has already started and nations such as the Republic of Nauru are eager to harness their mineral resources.
The UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon focused attention on the dire state of the ocean. This vital resource is under constantly growing pressure yet none of the measures taken so far have succeeded in reversing the trend. By declaring an “ocean emergency”, the Conference has sounded the alarm. Will it be heard?
It covers 70% of Earth’s surface and provides vital resources for the well-being and prosperity of millions, yet we treat it like a garbage dump; at best, a larder. As ocean conservancy moves up the agenda, the number of summits pledging action grows.
As the theme chosen by Watches and Culture for this year, sustainability came under the spotlight at the Watch Forum, held in September in Geneva. It will also be addressed through Watches and Culture’s other activities, not least its online Forum which is looking in greater depth at the ocean.
The good news coming out of the Watch Forum, organised in Geneva by Watches and Culture on the theme of sustainability, is that marine ecosystems can regenerate. The bad news is that, despite the urgency, the ocean still isn’t at the top of every agenda.
In an industry where women are conspicuously absent from managerial positions, diversity and inclusion bring competitive advantage. The Watch Forum on sustainability, organised by Watches and Culture, explored this theme.