If we want to transform the way we care about the ocean, we must radically transform society. We need every solution and every solver, including women. We need to discuss the opportunity for a blue economy and the solutions for an environmental crisis, but not without justice and equity. Science, gender equality, and the ocean are vital for the achievement of internationally agreed-upon development goals, especially the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The ocean covers more than two-thirds of earth; this alone should be enough evidence of its importance. Humanity relies on the ocean’s ecosystem services. There are women fishing, swimming, sailing, diving, doing conservation and research work, and a host of other science-related activities connected to the world’s oceans. But they are not yet equal partners in the world’s halls of power, where so many decisions about the future of our oceans are made. How could we govern the ocean without women? The undervaluing of and discrimination against women in the ocean, particularly in relation to the rights to ecosystem services, makes us highly vulnerable in the context of pressures and threats to the environment. In coastal zones, for instance, women directly suffer from climate change from displacement and lack of water. They are also more vulnerable to polluted seas, either due to lack of sanitation, which leads to various diseases, or to plastics. What this moment calls for is a mosaic of voices. All ideas, actions and insights for innovative strategies are more than needed. For a long…This article was originally published on Mongabay Läs mer