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    The Japanese word "Mottainai" refers to the essence of things, and suggests that objects do not exist in isolation, rather that they are intrinsically linked to one another. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill will discuss this and other Japanese words and phrases which can be used to help us describe a new strategy for our relationship to the ocean, one which respects and sustains the values of Mother Nature so that we may rely on her natural resources for our future, and for our very survival.

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About World Ocean Radio:
Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory and host of World Ocean Radio, provides coverage of a broad spectrum of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects. World Ocean Radio, a project of the World Ocean Observatory, is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by college and community radio stations worldwide. A selection of episodes is now available in Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Swahili. For more information, visit


Resources from this episode:
< In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki
< What is Wabi-Sabi?
< Mottainai: the Fabric of Life | Portland Japanese Garden
< Wangari Maathai and the Greenbelt Movement
< Get Involved: Support the Greenbelt Movement
< Satoumi: Where the sea and human beings are intimately connected