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RACING WITH PURPOSE TO PROTECT THE SOUTHERN OCEAN

For 50 years, teams in The Ocean Race have sailed through the Southern Ocean as they circumnavigate the world. They have witnessed changes to the region that cause serious concern, however, the decline of the Southern Ocean and its essential role in maintaining the health of the planet have largely been ignored. The Ocean Race believes that recognising the rights of the Southern Ocean to thrive could help enable a healthy future for the entire planet.

In this UN Decade of Action, the power of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean needs recognition and reverence from the world community and world leaders. Global action must take place to properly protect these most important waters of our planet. Hear from some of the leaders in this space who will share their proposed solutions.

 

INTERCONNECTED ANTARCTICA - OCEAN RIGHTS, RELATIONSHIPS AND PROTECTION

Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are inextricably interconnected to all of earth's systems and help ensure a liveable planet for all. This epic continent mesmerises adventurers, sailors and scientists and holds a magnetic pull to return like no other on Earth. In this session we will hear from some of those that have sailed, visited, lived and worked in this last frontier and have witnessed first-hand the effects of a changing climate on the white continent, its surrounding waters and overall planetary health.

ACTION FOR ANTARCTICA - SAVING THE SOUTHERN OCEAN

We are united by one ocean. It supports all life on Earth, so regardless of where we live, we are all, in fact, ocean citizens.  At its  beating heart is the wild waters around Antarctica, the Southern Ocean. It is our shared responsibility to protect what is protecting us and ensure a safe planet for future generations. The Antarctic Treaty, signed in 1959, was a unique and paramount action that declared Antarctica to be the continent of peace and science. However, we know that Southern Ocean biodiversity is being threatened and climate change is taking its toll on this crucial region. Now, in 2022, in recognition of ocean rights we have the opportunity for the largest act of ocean protection in history by winning support for large-scale marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean. We will hear about actions that are taking place to ensure that Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are protected.