Stephen Eades – Looking at what Marinet is : a Statement for our AGM – Sep 16

Marinet is an independent membership-based organisation. It proposes and campaigns for policies which will deliver improvement in the health of the seas, both in the UK and worldwide.

Marinet is constituted as a not-for-profit limited company, and is not a charity. It is run by its members who are both individuals and community-based organisations. It was founded in 2014, having formerly been part of Friends of the Earth.

Marinet believes that the environmental element in the three part structure of sustainability is its key component. The social and economic objectives of sustainability cannot be delivered if the condition of the environment — in this case the marine environment and its ecosystem — is in poor health.

All resources available to mankind stem from the environment, and therefore the health of the environmental element is the one which warrants cardinal importance.

At present, this is all too often not the case. Conservation of environmental (marine) resources comes second place to social and economic needs. As a result the marine ecosystem has been and continues to be in long-term decline.

The only policy paradigm which makes sense given the realities of the 21st Century — continued rapid population growth and uncontrolled climate change — is to place the primary emphasis on a restoration in the condition and health of our environment, and marine ecosystem.

This principle needs to stand centre stage in policy and decision-making.

Marinet argues for this principle in all quarters. It challenges all governments and organisations to adopt this perspective.

Many may see this as a fundamental change in thinking. This analysis is correct.

Marinet’s challenge is clear : restore health and biodiversitybiodiversity Biological diversity in an environment as indicated by numbers of different species of plants and animals. to the marine world, and the global environment. Place the needs of the ecosystem first, and centre stage at all times.

If we do not, not only do we reap the ill consequences of not having done so — as is evident today — but we have also failed in our duty to Life and this Ocean Planet.

Stephen Eades
Director, Marinet Limited

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