OCC Policy and Advocacy
The OCC has drawn up an ambitious policy which reflects the urgency we all need to apply to tackling the threats to our oceans and our world.
This policy is at OCC Environmental Policy.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported in August 2021 (https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar6/wg1/) that the cumulative impact of human activity since the Industrial Revolution is “unequivocally” causing rapid and potentially catastrophic changes to the climate. Without an accelerated reduction in greenhouse gases during the next decade, the ambition of the 2015 Paris climate agreement to limit global heating to 1.5C will not be met. The price of failure will be a world vulnerable to irreversible and exponential effects of global heating: there will be worse floods more often, more terrible and frequent heatwaves and devastating and repeated droughts. The report is the culmination of eight years of work and is authored by the world’s leading climate scientists and approved by 195 national governments.
The OCC will be making its views known to governments and advocating for urgent action to limit global heating along with protections for the marine and maritime environments.
The NOVARA ONE PLANET Initiative
Bob Shepton and I recently rejoined Novara for the passage from Agadir in Morocco to Mindelo in the Cape Verdes to catch up on the work being done on the “Novara One Planet” project.
by Roving Rear Commodore Steve Brown - 19/01/2024
COP28 – how was it for our world, the oceans, and us?
On 13th December 2023 the COP28 conference on climate came to a conclusion with some hailing it as a major step forward and others lamenting a missed opportunity.
by Phil Heaton - 22/12/2023
COP28 adopts new fund to help poor nations with disasters
In establishing the climate damage fund on the first day of the two-week COP28 conference, delegates opened the door for governments to announce contributions.
by Daria Blackwell - 30/11/2023
Lessons from s/v Novara’s expedition
s/v Novara’s expedition sought to support Scottish Highlands and Islands climate action.
by Veronica Lysaght and Nigel Jollands, s/v Novara - 26/09/2023
The rise of Marine Protected Areas
To mark UN World Oceans Day on June 8, Statista tackled the topic of protected marine areas. Some good news, the effort to protect our ocean is gaining momentum.
by Daria Blackwell - 09/06/2023
Helping to save ocean mammals
Damian Foxall, a seven-time veteran of The Ocean Race with over 450,000 nautical miles at sea, is working to implement changes within the sport of sailing to make the ocean safer for marine mammals.
by Daria Blackwell - 03/06/2023
Pacific Island students brought climate to top world court
For the first time, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will rule on legal consequences for nations that are damaging the climate “by their acts and omissions”.
by Daria Blackwell - 31/05/2023
Reflections on COP26
Ahead of the upcoming COP27, OCC Member and climate scientist, Dr Nigel Jollands reflects on what came out of COP26, the UN Climate Conference in 2021, and what must happen next.
by Dr Nigel Jollands - 26/10/2022
‘Generation Ocean’ Launched to Inspire Young People to Protect Our Blue Planet
The Ocean Race is launching Generation Ocean, a new learning programme for secondary schools that encourages young people to join the race to protect our incredible blue planet.
by Daria Blackwell - 14/10/2022
Novara One Planet team speaks at the Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club, Eastbourne
OCC members join forces to initiate the Novara One Planet project which aims to partner with coastal communities to develop and implement climate change adaptation plans.
by Veronica Lysaght - 31/08/2022
More than 100 nations pledge to take action to save the oceans
Global representatives committed to preserving the ocean from human harm, including adopting measures to stop illegal fishing, cutting plastic pollution and better guarding of international waters.
by Daria Blackwell - 21/02/2022
OCC Adopts Carbon Balanced Printing
In 2018, the OCC undertook an evaluation of our print suppliers. After proposals and site visits, the GC approved the recommendation to move all printing to Hobbs, now a Carbon Balanced Printer.
by Daria Blackwell - 01/02/2022
COP26 – so how was it for our world and our oceans?
The expectations were high as the scientific analysis and reports showed categorically that the world was on a trajectory towards a calamitous 2.7°C of warming...
by Phil Heaton and Steve Brown - 27/11/2021
What does it all mean? An Environment Update Special
As political leaders, scientists, environmentalists and business leaders convene in Glasgow, Scotland for COP26 we cruisers are deeply concerned that they make decisions to protect our world...
by Phil Heaton and Steve Brown - 27/10/2021
The winner of the first Brian Black Memorial Award announced
Yachting Monthly announced at the Southampton International Boat Show that £3,000 was awarded to Sophie Dingwall for inspiring writing about plastic pollution in the islands.
by Daria Blackwell - 10/09/2021
The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods–the OCC prepares to celebrate World Oceans Day
When it comes to our waterways and oceans, each individual action creates a ripple effect that can have a profound impact in total.
by Daria Blackwell - 25/05/2021
The OCC supports new award for marine environmental writing
The Yachting Monthly Brian Black Memorial Award for Marine Environmental Journalism is an excellent fit with the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) Challenge Grants for Adventurous and Environmental Endeavours
by Daria Blackwell - 02/03/2021