Oceans. Canada borders three of them – we have more coastline than any country in the world, some 200,000km. Canadian scientists study all of them – from south-east Asia to the Cape of Good Hope to our own watery borders. The ROM’s own curator Dr. Claire Healy has discovered whole orders of ocean animals, and continues to break new ground (or water) every day. Other Canadian scientists like Dr. Verena Tunnicliffe (Canada Research Chair in Deep Ocean Science) and Dr. Peter Ross (Senior Research Scientist, Department of Fisheries and Oceans) are part of global teams, studying global issues.
We should be talking about oceans, more. Oceans are under serious threat: 1/5 of the world depends on oceans for their primary source of protein; climate change is impacting our seas far more dramatically then our lands; we are a Blue Planet, and it is our oceans that regulate it.
The ROM is a perfect place to hold these discussions. A host, not a hero. A safe place to hold dangerous conversations. And we’re going to do just that.
Join us this Friday and Saturday for a National Symposium, a national conversation, about our Blue Planet. A limited number of tickets remain, so register now. Be part of this conversation.