Climate Change & the Blue Economy: Diving into Okinawa’s Waters

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Live Webinar

Tuesday, February 1 at 7-8 pm EST | Calculate your local time

Oceans cover more than 70 percent of the earth’s surface and are vital to the world economy. The ocean economy is estimated at $2.5 trillion in goods and services annually—equivalent to 5 percent of global GDP—and is the 7th largest economy in the world. However, increasing greenhouse gas emissions from human activities have had a significant impact, resulting in decline of marine life and extreme weather events. How is climate change posing a threat to the world’s oceans? What are the promises of a blue economy? In this webinar, speakers discuss how climate change is affecting marine life, with a particular focus on Okinawa’s waters, and the importance of transitioning to a sustainable ocean economy.


Timothy Ravasi, Professor of Marine Science & Principal Investigator, Marine Climate Change Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
Charlotte de Fontaubert, Global Lead for the Blue Economy, World Bank


Robert B. Dunbar, W.M. Keck Professor at the School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University; Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment


7-7:45 pm    Discussion
7:45-8 pm    Q&A Session

Program Details

This is a free event, with advance registration required. The program will be live-streamed through YouTube, and registrants will receive the viewing link by email on the day before the event. Participants can submit questions through YouTube during the live stream.

In commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japan, Japan Society is engaging in a dynamic year-long exploration of the archipelago’s people, culture, history, and geopolitical significance. See more upcoming events from the Okinawa in Focus series →

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