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Caption: Climate Talks Durban (COP17), Credit: Courtesy inhabit.com
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Climate Talks Durban (COP17) 

170: Failed Governance

From: World Ocean Radio
Series: World Ocean Radio: The Sea Connects All Things
Length: 06:15

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While many countries are at work analyzing the challenges for conservation and management, international and national governance of ocean issues has mostly failed, either directly or by inadequacy of urgency and action. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will ask us to look toward local governance and local contribution as ways to mitigate the larger international challenges that face us.

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International climate meetings take place; world leaders converge to address the degradation of our land and sea environment; panels gather to review lack of progress of conservation goals. Yet the work of policy makers, the United Nations and NGOs is seemingly swallowed up by our consumption-based reality. While many countries are at work analyzing the challenges for conservation and management, international and national governance of ocean issues has mostly failed, either directly or by inadequacy of urgency and action. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will ask us to look toward local governance and local contribution as ways to mitigate the larger international challenges that face us. He will ask that we stop clinging to shreds of false optimism and to act individually and collectively to demonstrate by example in order to bring about change to the failure of national and international governance of ocean issues.

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Peter Neill, Director of the W2O and host of World Ocean Radio, provides coverage of a broad spectrum of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects. World Ocean Radio, a project of the World Ocean Observatory, is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by community radio stations worldwide.

Piece Description

International climate meetings take place; world leaders converge to address the degradation of our land and sea environment; panels gather to review lack of progress of conservation goals. Yet the work of policy makers, the United Nations and NGOs is seemingly swallowed up by our consumption-based reality. While many countries are at work analyzing the challenges for conservation and management, international and national governance of ocean issues has mostly failed, either directly or by inadequacy of urgency and action. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will ask us to look toward local governance and local contribution as ways to mitigate the larger international challenges that face us. He will ask that we stop clinging to shreds of false optimism and to act individually and collectively to demonstrate by example in order to bring about change to the failure of national and international governance of ocean issues.

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Peter Neill, Director of the W2O and host of World Ocean Radio, provides coverage of a broad spectrum of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects. World Ocean Radio, a project of the World Ocean Observatory, is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by community radio stations worldwide.

Broadcast History

WERU 89.9 FM, Blue Hill, ME; California Academy of Sciences/Steinhart Aquarium; KSER-FM, Everett, WA; Erie Maritime Museum, Mystic Seaport, Maine Boats Homes & Harbors; 3CR Melbourne: Out of the Blue; thew2o.net/world-ocean-radio.

Transcript

I’m Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory.

In the headlines, we read of international meetings to address the continuing degradation of the environment, both land and sea. Kyoto, Copenhagen, and Mexico City where the climate agenda was addressed, and stalled. Now Rio de Janeiro, where the world policy community will gather to review the lack of progress to meet conservation goals set at a similar meeting at that place two decades ago. More than 130 heads of state will attend; papers, presentations, and plans will abound; resolutions will be proposed, edited, possibly declared; but to what avail? I have attended these meetings, but no longer. I cannot bear the disappointment, the optimism so cynically betrayed so quickly thereafter when the triumphant announcements become hollow echoes, the specifics compromised, or worse deliberately ignored by national and private intere...
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Additional Credits

Peter Neill, Host; Trisha Badger, Associate Producer

Related Website

http://www.thew2o.net/radio-item/170-failed-governance