Ep. 20: Robyn Hannigan, Founding Dean – School of the Environment at UMass Boston & Micheal Tlusty, Prof. of Sustainability & Food Solutions at UMass Boston ||
There’s been a citizens awakening to Ocean Health. It’s a macro trend in the US, much instigated by an awareness of a younger generation to the problems we have on a shrinking planet. On Episode 20 we welcome Drs Hannigan and Tlusty of the UMass Boston School for the Environment to discuss in detail.
Over 70% of our planet is blue. Unfortunately, these oceans have become a trash receptacle over the past 50 years, and it appears we’re running out of never-never-land to throw-out our growing waste stream. You see, in that same half century time period – human population has skyrocketed from 3.5 billion to 7 billion. Single-use non-biodegradable plastics are now everywhere; even forming its own landmass! And, that’s just the beginning…
During our discussion I learn about what’s going on at the new state of the art UMass School of the Environment campus on Boston Harbor. Hannigan & Tlusty share how this New School Ocean Campus was “created out of a series of modified environmentally Ocean focused programs that we specifically designed to solve a Marine or Ocean health problem.” Michael discusses his innovative background and past initiatives with the New England Aquarium, and now his goals within blue food economies. Robyn has great perspective on jobs creation throughout ecological & environmental markets. We discuss solutions to funding, policy, practice, and awareness to problems local and abroad.