International management of the high seas is a “coordinated catastrophe” and someone needs to change things. Could you be that person?
The stakes of this problem are high; our oceans are key to all life on the planet. Unfortunately, they are currently being polluted and overfished, leading to important environmental, economic, and biological problems. One of the problems includes a lack of coordination between stakeholders and regulatory groups.
There are signs of hope, however. Dozens of countries are collaborating to invest in wastewater treatment, fishery compliance and improved agricultural practices.
What will it take to ultimately solve this important global challenge? Here are some questions to think about if you would like to align your career with this challenge:
- How did we get to this point? What happened leading up to this? Why?
- Who are the people currently working on this challenge?
- What are they doing right? What are they doing wrong?
- What skills and abilities would you need to be effective in this context?
- What knowledge would be useful to understand the dynamics at play, as well as the necessary actions?
- How could you learn more about this challenge?
As a high school student trying to prepare their career, what college major could help you solve this challenge? Many fields of study could help you make an impact, depending on the angle you would like to take to solve the problem: biology and other sciences, international affairs, policy, business, economics, history, or perhaps a combination of these. In order to make the right choice, you should leverage data from psychometric assessment to better understand yourself and the strengths you could leverage in this context.
What other fields of study would you add to the list? How would you tackle this challenge?
The Tragedy of the High Seas, The Economist, February 22nd 2014
Catalysing Ocean Finance, United Nations