Still, something is clearly moving and more people from all walks of life are testing alternatives to what brought us into the current crisis. And that’s the point. We have the technologies and knowledge in most areas. But the change will be brought by the people, who experience the joy and empowerment of cooperation, of mutual respect, of friendship, of innovating together. It’s you and you and us all who go about our business and deal with one another in collaborative and mutually supportive ways, saying yes to one another in exploring alternative courses of action. Imagine, what we can achieve together, just doing it, like supporting an underwater sculpture park to protect coastal fish habitats in Tuscany and a new lease of live for artisanal fishers – Casa dei pesci. That’s just one practical example. There is the small-scale fisheries academy in Senegal empowering women and men along the artisanal value chains against rampant illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
There are lots of opportunities to come out and engage: 5 May is World Environment Day, 5 June is the International Day to fight IUU fishing. 8 June is World Ocean Day, when we and our partners and many others will organise events for ocean literacy and protection – and we’ll announce the winners of Mundus maris Awards 2021 – submissions are still coming in. More is being planned.
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