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Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute

God’s House Tower Lunchtime Lecture: Rising Tide: Sustainability across our Blue Planet Seminar

12:30 - 13:30
26 June 2020
God’s House Tower Town Quay, Southampton SO14 2NY

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Sue Smith on +44 023 8059 2316 or email .

Event details

'a space arts' a registered charity based in Southampton and have recently opened their most ambitious project to date God's House Tower (GHT). This new venue located in Southampton's old town is being culturally reanimated to include the launch of a free series of Friday 'Lunchtime Lectures'. The theme of the programme is 'GHT Beside the sea' and explores the monuments lost connection to the water, the changes in Southampton's coastline that caused this, the city's relationship with the sea along with wider watery subjects.

In the talk Ivan will describe seven reasons why the oceans are so amazing. The oceans: (1) help us to breath; (2) are an important source of food; (3) are the largest ecosystem on earth; (4) create millions of jobs; (5) regular the climate; (6) keep us healthy; and (7) make us happy. Sustainability means meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. How did we utilise the oceans for all the wonderful things in provides without damaging it for future generations. Ivan will also discuss seven stresses the oceans are facing, including: (1) plastic and rubbish; (2) over fishing; (3) untreated waste water; (4) nutrient pollution; (5) destruction of marine habitats; (6) marine engineering and oil drilling; and (7) climate change. He will focus on the last, discussing his research area sea-level rise and its impacts on coastal cities, delta’s and small islands. Finally, he will end with seven things that we can do to help say the pressures our oceans are facing. 

Speaker information

Dr Ivan Haigh,Associate Professor in Coastal Oceanography at the University of Southampton.

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