Science, and the rigorous examination and evaluation of data, is the foundation of modern society. In the harnessing of electricity, the exploration of space, the elimination of polio, or the development of the internet, to name a few examples, we have used science and the scientific method to reach unprecedented heights in human development.
There is probably no issue more dependent on data and good science today, than climate change. Although there are certainly a few loud voices determined to keep their heads buried in the sand, the overwhelming scientific consensus is clear and the data undeniable - we are in a state of global climate crisis. Our path through this crisis will require a concerted effort to invest in data and make full use of our scientific communities to create adaption and resilience polices based, not on what we want to believe, but on what the evidence tells us is real.
In June, I took part in my last Conference of the Pacific Community as this organization’s director-general. SPC has been the Pacific’s leader in technical and scientific work for more than 70 years, but the importance of this organization’s role has become increasing significant in more recent times. Appropriately, the Conference theme focused on ocean science, and how fundamental a role this science will play in a sustainable future.
Our membership is well aware of the crisis we face, and at the Conference, endorsed the development of a regional strategy for the collection of scientific and technical ocean data and information. This will translate the Blue Pacific narrative into regional, national and local action for sustainable management of the Pacif