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Missing the big picture amid the oceans

  • Ketut Putra


Jakarta   /   Mon, December 10, 2018   /  11:13 am
Missing the big picture amid the oceans Baby green sea turtles are released into the ocean on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Seminyak beach, Bali. Around 100 baby turtles were set free in the event, which is part of Bali's Big Eco Weekend invoving dozens of volunteers and participants. (JP/Ni Komang Erviani)

In conservation, it’s easy to get so caught up looking at issues in silos that we can’t see the forest for the trees. Similarly, when it comes to oceans, we rarely look beyond marine ecosystems, and often fail to see that what happens on land doesn’t stay on land.

If we are to design the right policy responses to some of the greatest environmental issues of our time, we’re going to have to get more holistic. And that will take more than government institutions and NGOs to get the job done.

Marine and terrestrial environments interact in countless ways. For example, plastic waste created on land readily enters the ocean, smothering reefs and getting ingested by fish (and then by humans who eat the fish). In addition, pollution from river water runoff affects coastal ecosystems and the health of marine life; two out of the world’s...

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