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Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics

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ESEP 20:33-39 (2020)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/esep00193

OPINION PIECE
Combining love and knowledge to heal the ocean

Heike K. Lotze*

Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2, Canada
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ABSTRACT: Despite decades of management and conservation efforts, we have seen only limited success in rebuilding marine life and restoring ocean ecosystems from human-inflicted damage on a global scale. I suggest that we need to harness both our emotional (love) and rational (knowledge) sides to create a more powerful movement to heal the ocean and rebuild its abundance and diversity. Love and compassion fuel our desire and urge for change and provide a compass that can guide our actions. Science and knowledge provide ways for collecting and interpreting data and information that can enhance our understanding and support our decisions and actions. Combining our emotional and rational sides can inspire our thinking and transform our actions in new, creative ways. In order to affect wide-ranging and long-lasting change, love and knowledge need to work together to transform our collective relationship with the ocean.


KEY WORDS: Emotions · Rationality · Ocean degradation · Marine life · Biodiversity · Conservation · Recovery · Rebuilding


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Cite this article as: Lotze HK (2020) Combining love and knowledge to heal the ocean. Ethics Sci Environ Polit 20:33-39. https://doi.org/10.3354/esep00193

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