Int'l - Our oceans are worthy of the eagle’s view

To make a decision with “an eagle’s view” is to consider what impacts it will bring for the next seven generations.

How we approach the health and productivity of our oceans will require such consideration, and is worthy of the eagle’s view. There are complex challenges ahead for Canada as we take on more aggressive climate change goals, while also generating sustainable growth in the aftermath of COVID-19. So much of our ability to effectively do this depends on our oceans. And our oceans depend on all of us.

Canada is surrounded by three oceans and has the longest coastline in the world. Oceans have significant cultural meaning to Indigenous peoples, and have provided coastal communities for centuries with a source of food and a means of transportation that helped build and sustain livelihoods. Today, our oceans continue to do these things and much more. The further-reaching impacts should be top of mind for all Canadians, whether on the doorstep of the Arctic, Pacific or Atlantic, or never having seen them.

Some 350,000 Canadians work in ocean sectors, helping meet the world’s demand for protein, moving goods and people, generating energy, supporting defence, and unlocking the possibilities of bioresources and ocean technologies — activities we all benefit from in one way or another. There is another, potentially less obvious benefit of Canadian oceans: they absorb significant amounts of carbon produced by human activity. In particular, the North Atlantic serves as the world’s most significant carbon sink. This is an important job, and the choices we make and the actions we take can help ensure our oceans have the ability to continue to do this work.

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