Ocean School’s founding partner, the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), will be part of COP 27, the UN Climate Change conference, taking place in Egypt from November 6 to 18, 2022. Check out this article to learn more about how OFI and Ocean School will contribute to this international event.
On November 8, Ocean School’s founding partner, the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), will participate in “The Importance of Deep Blue Carbon” panel discussion during the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP 27) in Egypt. COP is an annual meeting that brings countries together “to take action towards achieving the world’s collective climate goals as agreed under the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).”
In the panel discussion, OFI will discuss the need to invest in ocean observation. OFI argues that policy needs to reflect the consensus that the ocean controls our climate. OFI states that “the ocean has absorbed 40 percent of fossil fuel emissions and 90 percent of the heat produced by humans.” However, the ocean’s function is changing rapidly, posing a great risk to our economy and our planet.
Because the world knows so little about the ocean, scientists and organizations do not have the data that they need to predict weather events and long-term climate change. According to OFI Chief Executive Officer and Scientific Director Anya Waite, “95 percent of ocean carbon is ‘deep blue carbon’ in the high seas beyond national jurisdictions and the ocean is critically under-observed.”
In this panel discussion, The Ocean Frontier Institute will propose the North Atlantic carbon observatory “to serve as an initial framework for nations to join forces to consider how to measure, manage and report on carbon—enabling better climate forecasts to inform global climate policy and strategy.”
The panel discussion will also feature Ocean School’s video “A love letter to the Ocean,” a poem written by marine biologist Helen Scales and narrated by environmentalist Sarika Cullis-Suzuki. “A love letter to the Ocean” will also be featured at the Canada Pavilion.
To learn more about COP27 and the the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, visit the UNFCCC website.