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.

ELISABETH MANN BORGESE*