What is BlueTech? How these new, innovative technologies are improving our oceans


Throughout history, we have depended on our oceans for food, jobs, entertainment, and even the air we breathe. But this relationship has been one-sided for centuries, because we have taken resources from our oceans regardless of their natural limits.

What is BlueTech?

Blue tech is the collective name for new, innovative technologies to improve our relationship with our oceans. It helps transform this one-sided relationship so that we can still benefit from our oceans and take an active role in their well-being.

Why is Blue Tech important?

We should care because, as marine biologist Sylvia Earle said, “Everyone, everywhere, is connected to and completely dependent on the ocean for survival.”

Our oceans play a role in our salary. More than 90% of trade uses sea routes and the maritime economy provides millions of jobs worldwide.

Oceans influence our diet. Three billion people around the world depend on our oceans as an important source of protein.

And the oceans also control our climate. Over the past 100 years, the average temperature of our oceans has increased by 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

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This may sound insignificant, but think about how you feel when you have a fever over 100 degrees.

Like our bodies, our oceans don’t do well when they get hot. Those rising temperatures are driving marine life to extinction, intensifying extreme weather events and causing flooding as sea levels rise.

Most people like to travel to the sea, but they don’t like to come to the sea.

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Why is Blue Tech great?

It’s easy to get lost in a climate doomsday scroll these days, but the reality is that blue technology offers many elegant, simple solutions that allow us to take advantage of our oceans’ resources and make them flourish.

Organizations like those are 3D printing reefs to promote biodiversity and protect our beaches. Or solar-powered, autonomous boats that clean up plastic from the ocean. Or technologies that generate energy from tidal energy.

Our oceans have supported us throughout human history, and if we allow it, blue tech will help us and our oceans thrive in the future.

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