Earlier this month, a core group of us from Shoals Marine Laboratory attended the
Gulf of Maine 2050 International Symposium
. This conference brought together both the scientific and stakeholder communities to evaluate the pressing environmental crisis in the Gulf of Maine. Over the course of five days, it was made clear that we are perilously close to a fork in the road for the future of the Gulf of Maine: One path leads to ocean water temperatures around those we experienced in the 1990’s (not ideal perhaps, but we will adjust). The other path leads to water temperatures above anything humans have previously experienced.
These forecasts might feel scary at first blush, but there is so much hope to be gained in the knowledge that we have the ability to choose our future! We need to start now to convert the mainland to look more like Shoals Marine Laboratory: carbon-free power creation and efficient energy usage. SML is a shining example of the science and methods to support this critical work.
The concern over which path our society will take underlines the tremendous need for strong science training programs to prepare the army of scientists, engineers, and environmentally literate citizens required to address these imminent challenges.
Never has the need for life-changing science education been so important.
Shoals is a world-class center for undergraduate science training. We have a proven track record of training engaged and high-performing scientists, demonstrated by the many accomplished SML alumni and instructors who participated in the Gulf of Maine 2050 Symposium. The seven SML students who presented their research posters at the conference exemplify our hope for a science-guided, sustainable future.
You are helping us illuminate the path forward with your support.
Leading sustainability practices, scientific conference participation, and world-class educational opportunities are made possible by you! All of us at SML are grateful for your support, as we could not do this without you. Your enthusiasm about our programs and mission inspires us to work hard toward providing outstanding experiential, place-based education and supporting innovative programs focused on understanding and sustaining the marine environment.
Thank you for your generous support.