Mega-Cities by the Sea

How do we protect the ocean? Perhaps the most popular tactic in play today is the marine protected area, a growing number of places around the globe designated and structured to shelter pristine ocean space. But if we are to look for a primary strategy for ocean protection, we must look beyond these distant places and focus closer to home to the mega-cities that are the true point source of the most dangerous and deadly contributors to the ongoing pollution of the world ocean.

In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will discuss these places of development, industry, and manufacturing and will argue that we must move beyond the protected areas of our world ocean and look to our cities as visionary laboratories for change, with an eye toward turning coastal mega-cities into exemplary marine protected areas.


Peter Neill, Director of the W2O 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 community radio stations worldwide.


Image: Coastal mega-city Mumbai. Mumbai lies on the Arabian Sea on the west coast of India and is the most populous city in the country and the fourth most populous city in the world, with a total metropolitan area population of approximately 20.5 million. Along with the neighbouring urban areas (including the cities of Navi Mumbai and Thane) it is one of the most populous urban regions in the world. (Data source: Wikipedia) Photo Credit.