Marine Policy Officer Ruby Temple-Long shares a bit about how the RSPB are innovating for a sustainable ocean to protect our internationally important seabirds.

World Oceans Day 2020: How the RSPB is innovating for a sustainable ocean

The 8th June marks World Oceans Day. It is dedicated to celebrating our blue planet, the wonderful wildlife we find in it and the role it plays in all our lives. However, it also serves as a reminder for us to protect and restore marine ecosystems if we are to ensure that nature, communities and livelihoods thrive in the future.

The theme of this year’s World Oceans Day is ‘Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean’. Simply put, a sustainable ocean is one where human activity does not negatively affect the health of our seas. The definition of innovation is a bit more fluid. It can refer to technical gadgets and products, or it can just mean doing things a bit differently.

Many of the challenges the natural world is facing require us to come up with novel solutions, if we are to deliver the transformative change needed for a healthy planet. This is recognised in the 2020 theme for World Oceans Day and will be explored further in the coming years, particularly in the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.