Mon, 18 September 2023
In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew is joined by Margaret Spring to discuss the pressing issue of plastic pollution. Margaret shares updates on a UN treaty and highlights the research and programs conducted at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The conversation explores the actions needed from countries, companies, and individuals to reduce plastic use.
Tune in to learn more about the impact of plastic pollution and how we can all contribute to protecting the ocean.
Margaret Spring joins Andrew on the podcast to discuss Ocean Plastic Pollution. She has a background in science, initially pursuing a degree in marine science. However, she realized that she could make a greater impact on the environment and the ocean by pursuing a career in law. Margaret believed that becoming a lawyer would allow her to effectively translate scientific knowledge and communicate it to others. She also mentioned the need to translate scientific findings for their expert colleagues. Despite acknowledging the challenges and intense training required to become a lawyer, Margaret remained committed to using her love for science and expertise in law to advocate for ocean justice and the protection of the ocean. She also highlighted their experience working in organizations like the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Center for International Environmental Law, which provided them with a better understanding of policy and politics.
During the episode, Margaret emphasized the importance of incorporating a business focus into the intersection of science and policy. She highlighted the efforts of her organization, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, in this regard, noting that they have been integrating business practices into their operations even before the guest's arrival. Margaret stressed the need to realistically assess the environmental impact of their operations, particularly on the ocean, and effectively communicate this information to visitors and audiences.
Margaret also mentioned that their organization's credibility is enhanced by her commitment to modeling change and conservation. As a nonprofit organization, they rely on donations and contributions, but they also strive to conserve resources and manage expenses. They acknowledged the need to continuously improve their work and demonstrate tangible change. Additionally, Margaret acknowledged the fortunate position of their organization in California, a state with progressive policies in certain areas.
Furthermore, Margaret recognized that the business aspect of conservation is often overlooked in discussions about marine biology and marine conservation. She believed that in the future, the business perspective will play a significant role in leading conservation initiatives, particularly in addressing issues like plastic pollution. By integrating a business focus into the intersection of science, policy, and conservation, she believed that they can have a greater impact and drive major policy changes that benefit everyone.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Plastic Pollution Resources: https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/act-for-the-ocean/plastic-pollution/what-we-do
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