Bringing the Ocean to Society
13 Jul 2017
Can optimism help your ocean conservation and management work?
Check how mentally afloat and able to inspire change are you.

The recent article presents the outcomes of several interviews to ocean optimists, including two founders and the coordinator of the Ocean Optimism movement as well as two psychologists/conservation behavior researchers who study conservation optimism.

“So here are some examples of notices in my e-mail inbox this morning: A study links orcas’ failed pregnancies to scarce food. Seafood is getting less nutritious. Ten percent of fish caught in oceans gets dumped. The plastic pollution crisis rivals climate change. I imagine some of your e-mail inboxes, Twitter feeds, Facebook updates, newspaper headlines, etc. look similar. And none of this is to mention the current direction of domestic environmental policies in my home country. So what is a newsletter editor whose job it is to read all of this (or an ocean conservation and management practitioner whose job it is to deal with this) to do to stay mentally afloat?" Sarah Carr from MEAM points out.

One of her conclusions is that ocean optimism can benefit ocean conservationists and managers – both in their day-to-day decision making as well as in how they communicate with the public.

What about you?

Take this simple psychometric test and find out how optimistic you are and contribute to the ongoing research on the role of optimism in conservation.