Rethinking the Oceans: Towards the Blue Economy (Hardcover)

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Rethinking the Oceans: Towards the Blue Economy (Hardcover)

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The world has come to a crossroads. By the end of this century the total population is expected to exceed ten billion, but the area of land to support this is finite. Indeed, with climate change, some of the most valuable land areas will be lost, much of it as a result of rising sea levels. To sustain life on earth, new ways have to be found to grow food, generate energy, and conserve the environment on which our future depends.

Fortunately, when faced with a challenge of such consequence, people prove to be remarkably inventive. In this case, solutions are by no means beyond reach. We can start, quite simply, by looking out to sea. There, stretching to the horizon, lies the future. Remarkably, the oceans cover two and a half times the extent of terra firma. Yet we have always taken far less interest in the sea than the land.

But what if we change our thinking? Instead of continuing to see the land as our future, suppose we put our trust in the sea.

For solutions to some of the earth's most pressing problems, the oceans may be our salvation, the source of untapped economic wealth. Within these waters can be found the elements of what is now widely known as the Blue Economy, the new frontier for human development. It is a twenty-first century concept to meet a twenty-first century challenge. This book explores all aspects of the Blue Economy. Where does the idea come from? What does it include? How can it transform traditional economies? Can it be sustainable? And what needs to be done to ensure its universal adoption?
James Michel assumed the presidency of the Republic of Seychelles in 2004 and has won the support of the people in three subsequent general elections. He successfully steered his country through turbulent waters at the time of the global financial crisis, always keeping his sights on his bold vision of the new Seychelles.While ensuring the domestic development of the nation, President Michel has been active on the international stage. He has rallied support to tackle piracy in the Indian Ocean, championed the cause of small island states, marshalled strong arguments to alert the rest of the world to the threats of climate change, and he has pioneered the concept of the Blue Economy.In 2013, Michel received the Sustainable Development Leadership Award at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, and in 2016 he was invited to become a Patron of the World Sustainable Forum.It has been an eventful period but Michel has found time to record, in a series of books, his own insights on this evolving history. First came A Man of the People (2010), then Distant Horizons (2011) and Island Nation in a Global Sea (2014), prior to the Rethinking the Oceans (2016).
Product Details ISBN: 9781557789259
ISBN-10: 1557789258
Publisher: Paragon House Publishers
Publication Date: January 15th, 2017
Pages: 272
Language: English