If we are to make the right decisions, however, we must understand how things work in the oceans and how they interact; and we must recognize the role of the oceans in our life-support system and its value for humankind.

The Independent Commission on the Oceans, of which Elisabeth Mann Borgese was a Member*

The majority of humankind, as is well known, lives near the coasts, and by poisoning the ocean we are poisoning ourselves. We must save the seas to save ourselves.