Bringing the Ocean to Society
30 Aug 2019
Climate Change: local action, global impact
Former EurOcean Staff member - once again - making the difference!

The marine biologist, Raquel Gaião Silva, made a video about the Portuguese NGO Ocean Alive that is making the difference when it takes to climate action. The video shows their involvement with a local fishing community in Portugal and their fantastic role in protecting the seagrass meadows.

Are you curious about it? Take a look!

Seagrass meadows are a part of the marine forests and have an excellent capacity for taking up and storing carbon in the oxygen-depleted seabed, where it decomposes much slower than on land. This oxygen-free sediment traps the carbon in the dead plant material which may then remain buried for hundreds of years. When degraded or destroyed, the carbon stored for centuries is released.

Global averages for carbon pools (soil organic carbon and living biomass) of focal coastal habitats. Source: Murray, B.C. et al. (2011). Green Payments for Blue Carbon.

In a time where we are all witnessing the burning of the Amazon forest - the "lungs of the planet" - we need to raise awareness to preserve this not so spoken forest: the marine forests that we all rely on!

Ocean Alive is working everyday to protect and restore this precious ecosystem, and we want to spread the word about what they are doing so others can do the same!

This video was shortlisted among hundreds and is in the final phase of the UN Global Youth Video Competition. This contest aims to share inspiring stories from local projects to combat climate crises, protect biodiversity and restore ecosystems.

Raquel chose to tell the story of Ocean Alive and if this video turns out to be the most viewed, it will play at the Climate Summit in New York and Raquel will participate in the COP25 World Climate Change Conference in Chile.

1 view = 1 vote

Let’s spread the word, and the video!

One year ago, Raquel won the GBIF’s 2018 Young Researchers’ Award with her research on how climate change is affecting the distribution of macroalgae on the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Raquel, a Master's student in marine biodiversity and conservation who was based at the University of Algarve (Faro, Portugal), worked in EurOcean in the summer of 2017. She contributed primarily to our communications and outreach activities, but she also supported the infrastructures database development and various administration tasks. Afterwards she spent a semester of her degree at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (Ireland) which led to the work awarded by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Raquel is currently working at Bluebio Alliance, the Portuguese network for marine bioresources.

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And good luck Raquel!