Goal 14: Life Below Water

CAPSC Participates in Ocean Waters- Screening, Concert, and Exhibition to  Celebrate the 51st Anniversary of Earth Day
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Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

14.1 By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution

14.2 By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans

 

14.3 Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels

 

14.4 By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics

 

14.5 By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information

14.6 By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies negotiation

14.7 By 2030, increase the economic benefits to small island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism

April 2021- The Chinese American Parent-Student Council’s Youth Volunteers participated in virtual meetings with a community of teen musical artists and filmmakers to commemorate the 51st Anniversary of Earth Day. 

 

The two-day event featured a musical concert dedicated to frontline workers, nursing homes staff and patients, and communities that were impacted by COVID-19, followed by a screening of ocean-themed films to demonstrate the power of art to promote harmony with the Earth and with nature and to provide an opportunity to raise public awareness around the world of the challenges that face the planet and all of the life.  These young artists from New York and London spent the past six months investigating the theme of ocean water through filmmaking. 

“We are thrilled and humbled to be a part of this,” Yen Chou, the President of CAPSC said. “As global citizens, we have to do whatever we can to underscore the urgency and perhaps bring a unique perspective to it.”

Through an evening of performance, film screening, and conversation between young artists and their audience, we want to share our collective vision for a better future, a better life. 

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Chinese American Parent-Student Council Joined Lingjiou Mountain Life And Peace University And New York Zen Space in a Five-Part Virtual Seminar Series on Marine and Environmental Protection 

February 2020- From February 20, 2020, to March 20, 2020, members of the Chinese American Parent-Student Council (CAPSC), including its youth members, joined the Lingjiou Mountain Life and Peace University and New York Zen Space in holding a five-part virtual seminar series on marine and environmental protection. We met with many participants from London and here in the United States. Speakers included Dutch Environmental Scientist and Waterways expert, Mr. Lieke Friederichs; Senior Vice President at Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs and a high school environmental documentary filmmaker Alyssa Irizarry; and waste beachcombing artist Nicola White from London.

 

Sea waste is a topic of immediate concern globally, threatening the existence of more than 800 species. Undecomposed sea waste will eventually be broken into plastic particles and return to the human body through the food chain. Marine and human ecology are interrelated. The forum was successful as it was informative and stimulated the public's imaginations and actions on various environmental issues through cross-border dialogues. 

 

As part of the planning committee, CAPSC will join with other NGOs and nonprofit organizations in organizing a series of workshops to continue the discussion of the protection of ocean waters starting October 2021, which involves artists, scientists, young filmmakers, and youth. The first meeting was held virtually on June 29, 2021.