FARAH OBAIDULLAH SPEAKS IN GLASGOW DURING COP26.
COP26 may be behind us but the fight to avoid ecological catastrophe is far from over. We can't mine our way out of the climate crisis. In case you missed it, here's what I presented at the Extreme Hangout, One Young World event in Glasgow during the COP together with Maureen penjueli and Vasser Seydel.
Find out what's at stake with deep-sea mining, why we don't need it and why it's not worth the risk! - Farah Obaidullah
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This week ‘Stop Ecocide Nederland’ delivered a manifesto to Dutch Parliament members calling on the Netherlands - and all countries - to declare ecocide a crime, including at the international criminal court.
Women4Oceans is a proud signatory to this manifesto.
Thank you to the organizers for giving me the space to talk about the emerging threat of deep-sea mining.
Deep-sea mining fits all the criteria of Ecocide. Those that allow it to go ahead, know that you will be criminals in the eyes of future generations and the law. Stop deep-sea mining! Join us at www.defendthedeep.org
Help make ecocide a crime at: www.stopecocide.earth
- Farah Obaidullah
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Women4Oceans has partnered with DAN (Divers Alert Network) Europe for their European Sustainable Tour.
As part of the tour we are raising awareness on the threats to the #ocean, including the emerging threat of deep sea mining! Deep Sea Mining will irreversibly destroy life in the deep ocean. Time to stop short term financial gains from standing in the way of creating the clean future we so desperately need!
The good news is that we can stop this industry before it starts!
Find out more about deep sea mining in this blog by W4O founder Farah Obaidullah:
A NEW THREAT LOOMS FOR THE OCEAN
The deep sea makes up most of the world’s ocean. Science is only just beginning to discover the marvels and diversity of life in the deep. The living beings that reside there are the stuff of fantasy. Sharks can live for hundreds of years and octopuses are so translucent, they could be lifted straight out of a sci-fi movie. The mystery and innate value of this unexplored realm is reason enough to protect the deep, but there are many reasons why protecting the farthest depths of the ocean is so crucial. Undiscovered life forms mean an untapped reservoir of new genetic material with immense value for medical innovation- for example the COVID-19 test was derived from a microbe found in a deep-sea hydrothermal vent. Importantly, we are only just beginning to understand the role the deep ocean plays in planetary systems, including in regulating the climate through carbon capture and storage.
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Women4Oceans condemns racism in all its ugly forms and acknowledges the fight for racial justice that is unique to African Americans.
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With yet another failed Conference of the Parties on climate change behind us, here is what Farah Obaidullah to say about it!
"Today’s leaders, with the exception of a few, are failing the people, failing the planet and failing the future. However, to despair is not an option. We must push our governments and businesses to do better! The EU’s pledge to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 is a welcome announcement but not enough. Countries must pledge to less than 1.5 degrees celsius. At 2 degrees we lose Pacific Islands and coral reefs. Moreover, social justice and environmental justice must be addressed alongside emissions. The EU must ensure that the ambitions of the rest of the world are lifted quickly as they work to deliver on their own pledge.
Addressing the climate crisis means addressing the crisis unfolding in the ocean. The ocean makes up 70% of our planet, stabilises our climate and provides us with over half the oxygen we breathe. But rising greenhouse gas emissions, overfishing and pollution are killing the ocean’s ability to support life on earth, including ours. We can restore the ocean by ensuring that the United Nations agrees to a strong global treaty for life on the high seas in 2020, establishing a network of marine protected areas that follows the science and covers at least 30% of the ocean, and finally, ending overfishing." – Farah Obaidullah, Founder W4O
You can find the full OneOcean media release here.
As the international climate talks (#COP25) close for another year and leaders continue to dither on taking real & meaningful #climate action, people around the world are more aware than ever of the dangers of the #climatecrisis!
Stabilising the climate requires restoring #ocean health. Monica Verbeek of Seas at Risk & Rebecca Hubbard of Our Fish put together a formidable panel of experts made the case that ending overfishing is climate action!
One of the experts is Angela Martin who is currently doing her PhD in Norway, studying the role of fish in the carbon cycle. Angela is also an advisor to and member of the Women4Oceans community. Angela's expertise was made visible through the W4O platform. You can watch her talk below.
Women4Oceans strives to insert diversity and equal representation in the ocean space in order to accelerate positive outcomes for the ocean. We need all our perspectives to be heard. Please consider supporting our mission.
With your help we can make our voices heard for strong and effective protection for life in the High Seas at the next round of talks at the United Nations! Watch this one-minute video to learn more about the High Seas, what is at stake and what Women4Oceans plans to do!
We are aiming to raise at least 2500 Euro by the end of August 2019 and whatever we raise will go towards our goal.
Thank you for any contribution you can make!
For the Ocean, Farah Obaidullah
Happy to share this article by the #UN press services about empowering #women in the #ocean space, with some of my thoughts included. - Farah Obaidullah
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We are a young non-profit that accelerates ocean protection by connecting women across the world. Why? The Ocean needs all of us.
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By Farah Obaidullah. Originally published on LinkedIn
Noon on the first Monday of every month, a siren is tested that is heard through out the country. It is set off to warn of an impending attack. To me it serves as a reminder that people still suffer through war and that the safety of The Netherlands, a wealthy but precariously low-lying nation, cannot and should not be taken for granted.
The last time the Netherlands was at war, people were called upon to serve the nation whichever way possible, united for the collective good of our society, to defend our safety and way of life. Sacrifices were made, curfews enforced, food rationed.
Today, our communities, our safety and our security are under attack like never before in human history. Climate change, brought on by the burning of fossil fuels to drive our cars, fly our planes, warm and cool our homes, and power our gadgets, is literally changing the face of our planet. The earth is warming faster than it can adapt to because of increased emissions of greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide. The oceans are warming, affecting marine life including fish that feed millions around the world. Increased carbon dioxide means more acidic seas, stifling the growth of countless animals such as corals and shellfish. Warmer seas also mean changing weather patterns. Our methods of farming and feeding the world, which has sustained us for centuries, are under siege. Our land is drying up in places and flooding in others. Storms are becoming more extreme, sea levels are rising.
While you are here: Women4Oceans is currently run entirely by volunteers. With your help we can continue to spread the word on the importance of lifting women's voices in the blue space. In 2019, W4O focus will be to upgrade our platform making it easier for women to connect and be made visible. We will also be focussed on capturing the incredible work women do for our oceans through film. Help us help the ocean!
The Ocean needs you! - Thank You