Sea: do we exploit it too much?

Project description by stefano valentino

What we want to do

Our team intends to investigate and recount the causes and effects of sea degradation, and whether the counter-measures taken both by governments and by the world are effective or not.

Our goal is answering the two-folded crucial question: because of whom and what, for which reasons and with which consequences marine ecosystems are endangered, and to which extent public and private decision-makers are concretely acting to find remedies


How we can work together

We’re constantly looking for specific issues, cases and initiatives concerning different countries and places across the planet.

Join our collaborative community. Contribute with information and comments on what happens around you. We’ll use your material to enrich our research and documentation activities.

Promote and support our common project, to help involving as many people as possible and gathering the resources needed to carry on our collective work.

Thanks to you and to all other participants, we’ll produce multimedia updates and regularly spread them through news outlets, in order to raise awareness among the general public in the long term.


Why the project is important

More than 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by salty water, mostly oceans. This makes the Earth the “Blue Planet”.

The sea form unique habitats which are home to multiple plant and animal species.

It also provides resources that directly contribute to our life in many ways: maritime transport, raw materials, energy, fisheries, aquaculture, and leisure activities.

Not to mention that half the world population lives in a coastal strip just 200 kilometers wide, while two third lives within a distance of 400 kilometers from the coast.

Therefore, marine resources offer an inestimable potential for development, growth, jobs and prosperity for society.

However, by exploiting those resources without limits, mankind takes the risk of compromising biodiversity, through over-fishing and increasing pollution. Moreover, manmade greenhouse gas emissions contribute to the melting of the Arctic and Antarctic, thus causing additional distortions in the marine ecosystems.

The real challenge is to reconcile economic interests and the preservation of the environment, through a better management of all those human activities that affect the sea.