Save our Ocean, Protect our Future
2022 UN Ocean Conference Lisbon, Portugal, 27 June – 1 July 2022
The Second United Nations Ocean Conference will take place from 27 June to 1 July 2022, at the Lisbon Altice Arena Convention Center (www.un.org/en/conferences/ocean2022).
The ocean covers 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, is the planet's largest biosphere, and is home to up to 80 percent of all life in the world. It generates 50 percent of the oxygen we need, absorbs 25 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions and captures 90 percent of the additional heat generated from those emissions. It is not just ‘the lungs of the planet’ but also its largest carbon sink - a vital buffer against the impacts of climate change.
Scaling up Ocean Action Based on Science and Innovation for the Implementation of Goal 14: Stocktaking, Partnerships and Solutions
2022 UN Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, comes at a critical time as the world is seeking to address many of the deep-rooted problems of our societies laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic and which will require major structural transformations and common shared solutions that are anchored in the SDGs. To mobilize action, the Conference will seek to propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action.
The Brahma Kumaris as an accredited organisation will be represented in the 2022 UN Ocean Conference and will co-host the virtual side event:
Technologies of Consciousness in Scaling Up Ocean Actions
Thursday 30 June 2022; 1.00pm – 2.15pm GMT+1
Meeting ID: 918 6720 1526
This panel offers an in-depth discussion on the role of human consciousness in degradation and rebuilding of the ocean life and in achieving sustainable development goals. The participants will examine which shift in mindset is needed so that the well-being of humans and ocean can become the new imperative of our global action.
Topics addressed during the event will include methods and results of scientific research on human consciousness and matter; ways to develop and sustain inner solutions and lead change, including leveraging and mobilising faith communities; lifestyle changes, values and attitude needed to live in cooperation with the environment, nature and each other, and to build the inner resilience to cope with challenges for coastal area inhabitants.
- Professor Emeritus James Mair, Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (the UK)
- John Ndiritu, Professor of Water Engineering University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)
- Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, CEO - Repair the Sea (the USA)
- Valériane Bernard, UN Representative for Brahma Kumaris in Geneva (Switzerland)
Aneta Loj, R&D Coordinator at India One Solar Thermal Power Plant (India / Poland)
Dr. Tamasin Ramsay, Senior Policy Advisor, Animal Justice Party (Australia)
The latest IPCC report is stark in its call for extreme change, to avoid catastrophe for people, ecosystems, and biodiversity. It is undeniable that action is needed now more than ever as we see communities around the world fighting for their continued existence. Whatever actions are agreed by parties as a result of the UN Oceans conference need to be implemented and fully supported. For transformational and lasting change to take place a shift in mindset is required.
The list of all side events organized by Member States, Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs), UN entities and all other accredited stakeholders, in connection with the 2022 UN Ocean Conference can be found here:
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