Despite its many secrets and wonders, oceans have been under threat for years. Corals are dying and sea life is disappearing. Although this is a global phenomenon, some people are affected more than others—and as with many a climate issue, these inequalities bear witness of the afterlife of (post)colonialism. In this talk, we shed light on the ambiguous nature of marine protection and the colonial dimensions of ocean health.
About the programme
If we continue the way we do, the island of Bonaire will be under water in about 60 to 70 years. Yet, as with other crises, people tend to look away as long as the problem does not hit home. In this NIAS Talk we take a deep dive in our ideas of the ocean. How can we rethink human relations with the sea? Why do we need to be aware of ocean health? And in what ways has colonialism shaped our minds and dealings with the sea?
There is more about the sea we don’t know than we do. Yet, it could be that exactly our ideas of the sea’s “endlessless” have contributed to today’s climate breakdown. While we have practically discovered every inch of the earth’s terrestrial surface, the immense volume of our oceans still keeps secrets for humankind. What can we know- and, from there, what must we do?
Join us on Tuesday afternoon 13 December at SPUI25. You can attend on site or watch the livestream on SPUI25’s website. Attendance is free but we appreciate it when you register.
About the theme group
KITLV, NIOO, NIAS and WUR join forces in an interdisciplinary study of the impact of climate change on social-ecological systems (SES). A consortium including Indonesian and Caribbean partners in academia and NGOs will co-create and implement pilot research in four coastal zones in the two tropical archipelagoes. More information can be found here.