0

September 7, 2017 AT 10:02 am

From National Parks to Marine Sanctuaries and Beyond: a Call for Ocean-based Citizen Scientists

OpenROV co-founder David Lang has an article on Medium calling for ‘Creating a League of Citizen Scientists for the Ocean‘ – the article takes inspiration from historical progress made on environmental and citizen science fronts to contemporary phenomenon like sourcing public comments online and crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter. TL;DR: “This is why I’m hopeful.”

A playbook for turning administrative headwinds into lasting marine conservation and protection.

First the bad news. The public comment period for Executive Order 13795, which puts all the designated Marine Monuments (since April 2007) under review, is now closed. Over 400,000,000 square acres of newly designated marine protected areas in US coastal waters are now up for grabs.

Now the good news. Nearly 100,000 comments are loudly echoing the same message: don’t remove these designations. Marine protected areas (MPAs) work to restore ecosystems and, if anything, need to be expanded. Americans clearly care about preserving these places for future generations. Regardless of what the Trump administration does with our MPAs, the people have spoken. We can still work to protect these and other marine habitats. In fact, history tells us that now is our moment to shine.

We need a League of Citizen Scientists for the Ocean. I’ve seen glimpses of this future, and I know it’s possible. But before I get into the plan, it’s important to go over the history of our national parks and protected areas.

Read more.


Check out all the Circuit Playground Episodes! Our new kid’s show and subscribe!

Have an amazing project to share? Join the SHOW-AND-TELL every Wednesday night at 7:30pm ET on Google+ Hangouts.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Learn resistor values with Mho’s Resistance or get the best electronics calculator for engineers “Circuit Playground”Adafruit’s Apps!


Maker Business — Lessons Learned Scaling Airbnb 100X

Wearables — ABS ABC

Electronics — When do I use X10?

Biohacking — VICE Reviews The Internet’s Top Five Nootropics

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !



No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.