Attendees meet in the garden.

First Major Event Held in New Embassy Building

On October 7, the Embassy hosted "The OCEAN as the Solution to Climate Change," a two-hour reception that featured remarks from a number of speakers.

Remarks were delivered by Ambassador Anniken R. Krutnes; Mark J. Spalding, president of The Ocean Foundation; Dr. Gwynne Taraska, senior expert advisor to the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate; and Mark Martin Bras of the Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust.

Each spoke about ways that nations around the world can bring solutions such as offshore wind power and more frequent use of blue carbon into reality. Blue carbon is defined as the carbon dioxide removed from the earth’s atmosphere by ocean systems. It can be efficiently stored by coastal ecosystems such as seagrass meadows and mangroves. In addition, these resources can protect land from storms and provide safe habitats.

“A major study commissioned by the High Level Panel highlights how ocean-based climate solutions can help the world avert the worst effects of climate change,” said Ambassador Anniken Krutnes in a speech at the event. “The report estimates that ocean-based climate solutions could deliver a fifth of the annual emissions cuts needed by 2050 to keep global temperature increases below 1.5°C and signals a new pathway to a low-carbon, climate-resilient future. It shows that the ocean holds the key to its own survival – and humanity’s.”