With the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris right around the corner, we are at an important crossroads for the global health and sustainability of our oceans.

You cannot have a conversation about climate change without talking about sea level rise, increasingly severe coastal storms, damaged natural systems and other impacts to our oceans and coastal communities.

What excites me, however, is that the size of this global challenge presents us with an enormous opportunity to create positive change for oceans and people. And this opportunity has an important through-line: transforming our relationship with nature.

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