A2020 News

Protecting the Antarctic for penguins, peace and the planet

Richard Branson – Earlier this month, the Paris Peace Forum brought people together from around the world in support of collective, global action. Over three days, states, international organisations, local governments, NGOs and foundations, companies, experts, journalists, trade unions, religious groups and citizens focused on the solutions needed to deliver a safer, more peaceful and healthy planet for all of …

Making Our Blue Planet Great Again

This is taken from the Antartica 2020 pitch at the 2018 Paris Peace Forum.  “The war is not over. Millions are being killed. Europe is mad. The world is mad.” That is what Ernest Shackleton, the Antarctic explorer, was told when he asked what was happening with the war. It was May 1916, and he had not had contact with the outside world …

ANTARCTICA AND THE SOUTHERN OCEAN: ON THE FRONTLINE OF CLIMATE CHANGE  

PRESS RELEASE Paris, 12.11.18: Antarctica is a continent of peace and solidarity. It is the only place on Earth, where there has never been war, where the continent is fully protected, and where scientific research is a priority. Yet it is at the heart of a huge global challenge – climate change and biodiversity loss. Leaders from civil society, government …

Antarctica: Getting Multilateralism Right

By Pascal Lamy This week, the Paris Peace Forum convenes, marking the 100 year anniversary since the end of World War I. It highlights the importance of global cooperation, peace, and good governance for a threatened planet. Antarctica2020- an initiative that brings together a group of thought-leaders from around the world working to secure the strong protection of 7 million …

WILL CHINA CAST ITS VOTE FOR ANTARCTICA, AND THE PLANET?

Sylvia Earle – Beijing could be the key to unlocking a positive outcome at CCAMLR, writes Sylvia Earle Source: China Dialogue Decisions taken this week by just 24 nations and the EU could determine the future of the world’s greatest natural treasure: Antarctica, and more specifically the Southern Ocean which encircles it. The land, ice and waters of Antarctica are the …

WILL WE PROTECT ANTARCTICA OR EXPLOIT IT?

José María Figueres – A special multination commission should approve proposals for three marine sanctuaries in the continent’s bountiful seas. Antarctica’s Southern Ocean has been exploited for its teeming bounty, from the top of its food chain to the bottom, for more than 200 years. Seal hunters arrived there in the late 1700s and by 1825 fur seals were nearing extinction. Hunters …

Southern Ocean Regions in Need of Protection

Map of proposed network of MPAs to allow for conservation of distinct areas, each representing unique ecosystems.

Why Famed Ocean Advocate Sylvia Earle Is Looking South

A coalition hopes to achieve a network of marine protected areas in the vast Southern Ocean by 2020. Earle argues that the health of the planet itself is at stake.