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Beyond the Horizon

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10th October 2017 – Bluebird Chelsea, London

On Tuesday, October 10th, we welcomed two inspiring speakers to our event Beyond the Horizon to tell us some of the untold stories of the high and deep seas. These vast regions constitute almost two-thirds of the surface area of the ocean and 90% of our planet’s marine environment but remain, for the most part, out of sight and out of mind. The speakers were introduced by Anna Heath, Synchronicity Earth’s High and Deep Seas Programme lead, who spoke passionately about the wonder and mystery of the high and deep seas and why they need better protection.

Mirella von Lindenfels (High Seas Alliance & Deep Sea Conservation Coalition) made a heartfelt and compelling case for protecting the planet’s blue spaces that lie outside national jurisdiction. The ocean is fundamental to our health and wellbeing, to every breath we take, and home to a kaleidoscopic array of natural wonders and as yet undiscovered species. We need to rethink our relationship to the high and deep seas, and creating a system of effective governance is a challenging yet crucial step in the fight to protect these vital areas. Mirella underlined how the work of groups like the High Seas Alliance and the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition is instrumental in ensuring that a long overdue system of governance and regulation is put in place which will allow these often overlooked but vital regions to get the protection they need.

Ian Urbina, an investigative journalist with the New York Times, described the extraordinary  and harrowing work he has undertaken over the past few years to document the human side of the story on the high and deep seas with his Outlaw Ocean series. His stories of trafficking, slavery and murder taking place far from the world’s attention brought home the devastating human impact of our quest to plunder more and more of the ocean.

Stories of social justice and human suffering on the high seas, on the one hand, and threats to marine biodiversity and ocean health on the other, may appear unrelated, but scratch the surface and the links between them start to become clear.