The recent 2013 Regional Economic Development Forum included a Mega-Region Economic Development Panel, six business leaders charged with discussing “economic development tools and regional assets” that have led to their firms’ successes. While not an intentional outcome of the session, five of the six panelists demonstrated that the ocean is important to their firms’ presence in the region. Between them, they represented San Diego’s manufacturing, research, military, tourism and marine sectors.
In December 2011, the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) hosted the Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The summit brought together global leaders who realize that with a global population of seven billion, gathering environmental data is critical. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, the Secretary General of Abu Dhabi’s Environment Agency said “our over-riding purpose is to bring together all of you who have worked so hard and long to bring down the barriers that prevent all of us having access to the knowledge we need to safeguard our planet’s future.”
Like the Forbes article about investing, our nation’s political strategies often use fear to focus attention. In fact, as Franklin Roosevelt said in his first inaugural address, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” There is no black and white answer to many issues. There are choices. Fear often drives decisions that miss the mark on what the problems are and result in the loss of options for a more hopeful future.
On March 25, 2012, filmmaker James Cameron became the first man to visit the deepest spot in the ocean since U.S. Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh and Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard reached the Challenger Deep of the Mariana Trench – 35,800 feet below the surface – in the bathyscaphe Trieste in 1960.