Robin Craig, Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, has authored two blogs for World Oceans Day on June 8.
The first, “World Oceans Day: What Are We Doing?,” published on Elgarblog, explores various factors that deleteriously affect oceans, among them pollution, overfishing, coastal development, and climate change.
Near the article’s conclusion, however, Craig adds a hopeful note: “It isn’t time to give up on the oceans yet. By reducing or eliminating the existing stressors on the world’s marine ecosystems—overfishing, pollution, and development destruction—we can make these systems more resilient to climate change. By enacting adaptable protections into law, such as through flexible and adaptable versions of marine spatial planning, and then strictly enforcing those protections, we can help to ensure that legal protections remain relevant despite climate change.”
Craig’s second blog, “Happy World Oceans Day . . . sort of,” posted on the Environmental Law Prof Blog, focuses on public policy, ocean law, and how human activity is changing oceans—from biodiversity to currents to chemistry to temperatures and cycles.