Should the Ocean Have Legal Rights? by Tracy Keeling

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by Tracy Keeling
Originally published by The Revelator, Oct. 3, 2022
October 6, 2022

Human activities have put the ocean in serious trouble. A bold, Rights of Nature-based proposal aims to turn the tide.

Lisbon sits at the mouth of the Tagus River where it flows into the Atlantic. This confluence of waters welcomed thousands of people in June, who gathered in the Portuguese capital’s Altice Arena for the second United Nations Ocean Conference.

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Powerful Forces Cause Fires in Brazil, Beyond the Amazon + Militarism and Climate Change + Warming Oceans Are Rising at Alarming Rate

US Military Largest consumer of Oil -- 2014 People's Climate March NYC 89

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TheRealNews on Sep 25, 2019

The policies of Brazil’s right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro are provoking more forest fires and deforestation, not only in the Amazon rainforest. Environmental activists are now trying to counter the trend by engaging in reforestation.

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Japanese Govt Admits Several Hundred Tons of Radioactive Water Leaking Into The Ocean Everyday (#Fukushima)

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Fukushima leaks: OLD problem finally addressed by media

rumorecurioso on Aug 15, 2013

Japan’s nuclear regulator warns of new leak

Japan’s nuclear regulator has warned that it has been struggling to contain a new leak at the Fukushima nuclear plant. An underground barrier fails to retain radioactive water and much of it could seep into the Pacific Ocean. Al Jazeera’s Dominic Kane reports.

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Sheldon Whitehouse Calls Out Climate Deniers in Senate Speech + Climate Change and Ocean Acidification

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by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
December 5, 2012

Mr. President, last week I spoke about our nation’s military and intelligence leaders acknowledging, along with our nation’s scientific leaders, the clear evidence that carbon pollution is changing our climate.

Unfortunately, there is confusion among many Americans regarding this scientific consensus, confusion caused by deliberate and coordinated attempts to mislead the American people.

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The End of the Line

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bavajose on May 22, 2018

As the world’s demand for fish and other seafood increases and the technology available to commercial fisherman becomes more sophisticated, the annual harvest from global seaports has grown tremendously in recent years. However, the rise of industrialized fishing has not come without consequences, and many environmentalists and oceanographers believe that the current demand for fish and the methods used to fulfill it are taking an irreparable toll on the world’s oceans, with some speculating that the seas could be literally fished-out by 2048 if current trends do not change.

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Rowing with Roz by Ralph Nader

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Oct. 5, 2010

Roz Savage

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Imagine interviewing a woman who has done something that no other woman in the recorded history of the world has accomplished. The remarkable Roz Savage has rowed solo across the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. She intends to row solo across the Indian Ocean early next year starting in Perth, Australia. In 2012 she will row across the stormy North Atlantic arriving in time for the Olympics in London.

Why is she doing this, you might ask? Aren’t there easier ways to travel? What’s she trying to prove?

The answers to these questions start with the story of her early life. From a poor family, she attended Oxford, rowed on the college team, graduated into a ten year management consultant job, married, bought a nice house, a spiffy sports car, etc.

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It’s not just BP’s oil in the Gulf that threatens world’s oceans By Les Blumenthal

By Les Blumenthal
McClatchy Newspapers
July 5, 2010

WASHINGTON — A sobering new report warns that the oceans face a “fundamental and irreversible ecological transformation” not seen in millions of years as greenhouse gases and climate change already have affected temperature, acidity, sea and oxygen levels, the food chain and possibly major currents that could alter global weather.


via It’s not just BP’s oil in the Gulf that threatens world’s oceans | McClatchy

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Dennis Kucinich: We Have Disassociated Ourselves from Nature

by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Jun 9, 2010

We Must come to an Accounting of the Kind of Energy We Use and the Damage it Causes

Speaking on the House Floor in support of H.Res. 1330, Recognizing June 8, 2010, as World Ocean Day, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) made the following statement:

“I rise in support of the resolution to name June 8th as World Ocean Day, but for the last fifty days, and for the next six months at least, every other day is going to be ‘Ruin our Ocean’s Day.’

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Cosmic Flash: Earth To Survive Earthlings by Robert S. Becker

Sent to DS by the author, thanks, Robert.

By Robert S. Becker, Ph.D.
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July 28, 2009

Gaia Wizard Sets Doomsday Time Bomb

What’s scarier than severe recession? Okay, depression. Terrorism looms still, but for sheer panic, nothing matches 90% species die-off. Not from asteroids, nor nukes, nor is our planet doomed, though the approaching Andromeda galaxy looks to digest our Milky Way – but not for billions of years. Let’s worry instead about our progeny and how they sustain humanity if James Lovelock is right. He foresees shrunken habitat, resource wars, scorched landscapes, and gruesome casualties.

Erratic populations are hardly novel: 99% of earth’s emergent life forms have gone extinct. The demise of dinosaurs, awarding an obscure, half-pint mammal a leg up, dramatizes extinction – and yet a billion birds came forth. Our species is special in this regard: we hog 40% of global energy, but nothing (but the Rapture, a variant end of time fable) overrules physics, chemistry, and biology – or willful blindness towards overpopulation, pollution, and rising oceans.

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Marx, the first real globalist By William Bowles

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By William Bowles
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18  June 2009

If nothing else, the wholesale plunder of the planet’s natural resources has brought into sharp focus the necessity for some kind of global (and globally enforceable) regulation of what’s left of the planet’s precious cargo of life. But can capitalism undertake such a task? Not only that, is it willing to do so and is even some kind of ‘reformed’ capitalism capable of doing so given that the basic drive of capitalism is expand or die.

The clarion call of Marx and his 19th century socialists was Internationalism, ‘All Workers of the World Unite’, predicated as it was on the globalizing nature of industrial capitalism as it sought to expand the capitalist market into every nook and cranny where there was a buck to be made. And in so doing, Marx correctly predicted that industrial capitalism would create an organized and politically conscious working class wherever it spread, who were at the time, the most advanced section of working people, and that it would be the organized working class ‘led’ by a revolutionary organization that would do away with capitalism and replace it with a rational, planned socialist economy.

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Sylvia Earle: How to protect the oceans (must-see)

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2.19.09 Legendary ocean researcher Sylvia Earle shares astonishing images of the ocean — and shocking stats about its rapid decline — as she makes her TED Prize wish: that we will join her in protecting the vital blue heart of the planet.

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Control Of the World’s Oceans. Prelude To War? by Rick Rozoff

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by Rick Rozoff
Global Research, January 30, 2009

Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) and the US 1,000-Ship Navy

In of the most monumental and sweeping, though frequently overlooked, efforts by the former Bush administration to project worldwide military dominance and in so doing further vitiate international relations is what its initiator, John Bolton, in his capacity of Under-Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security at the time called the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI).

Officially launched on May 31, 2003, the PSI was the broadest application of international power projection by the US in the post-Cold War era, entailing as it does nothing less than the ability to conduct naval surveillance, interdiction and eventually unbridled military action in all the world’s oceans.

Following and supplementing Operation Enduring Freedom and its six areas of responsibility from South Asia to the Horn of Africa and the Indian Ocean to the Caribbean Sea, and the NATO prelude to and prototype of the Proliferation Security Initiative, so-called Operation Active Endeavor which has for over seven years now placed the entire Mediterranean Sea under its control, the PSI is a military operation unilaterally devised and implemented by Washington without prior consultation with the nations and peoples in the targeted areas.

And like Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Active Endeavor (in the second category that follows), its self-proclaimed mission is unlimited in geographical scope and in historical time.

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