Sustainable Planet

The Future of Our Oceans. Recent evidence about the extent of plastics and litter in our oceans has led to grassroots rejection of single-use plastics. This lecture will draw on McGlade's own research (published in 2020) on plastics in our seas. She will show that banning single-use plastics is not enough to safeguard the health of our oceans, and that what is needed is a complete redesign of global production systems. She will outline ways that we can work to "conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development" in the face of unsustainable consumption and production and rapidly changing climate.

Professor Jacqueline McGlade is the Frank Jackson Foundation Professor of the Environment at Gresham College. She is also a Professor of Resilience and Sustainable Development at University College London and Professor at the Maasai Mara University in Kenya. (from

Lecture 6 - The Future of Our Oceans

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Lecture 1 - How to Avert a Climate Catastrophe
Lecture 2 - Building Sustainable Communities: A New Era for Twinning
Lecture 3 - Unlocking the Health Benefits of Nature
Lecture 4 - Ending Our Consumer Addiction
Lecture 5 - Can Gender Equality Help Solve Climate Change?
Lecture 6 - The Future of Our Oceans
Lecture 7 - The Last Mile: Ensuring Access to Affordable Energy to Poor, Rural Communities