John Kerry Has Another Opportunity To Effect Change
John Kerry Has Another Opportunity To Effect ChangeCourtesy of KAATSU GLobal, Huntington Beach, California.
Senator John Kerry played a key role in negotiations leading to the designation of the Ross Sea Region marine protected area, the largest protected area in the world.
The Ross Sea is referred to as a Polar Garden of Eden, an area where Lewis Pugh completed his Five Swims in Antarctica for 1 Reason in 2015. Pugh’s purpose and Senator Kerry’s involvement was to have the Antarctic sea declared a Marine Protected Area (MPA). The Ross Sea is referred to as a Polar Garden of Eden.
The MPA designation by 25 governments that are members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources agreed in October 2016 was a milestone for global ocean conservation and international cooperation. The designation safeguards an ecosystem that includes critical wildlife habitat for penguins, seals, and killer whales where scientists also study the impacts of climate change.
Pugh, the United Nations Environment Programme Patron of the Oceans, played a vital role shuttling between and among the different delegations to get the MPA formally approved – and called into attention the purpose and potential of the Ross Sea MPA with his ice swims.
With the announcement by U.S. President-elect Joe Biden that Senator Kerry will serve as the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate in the Biden administration and be part of his presidential cabinet, Pugh now has another powerful ally to continue his work and campaign for protection of the world’s oceans.
Pugh is shown above on left with Senator Kerry in the middle pouring over a map of Antarctica.
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