October 17, 2014
Water is the essence of life on earth. Seventy-one percent of our world is covered by water, and it inspires the description of our home as “the blue planet.” Given the centrality of water to human life, and the great diversity of species and habitats our oceans support, there is an urgent need for us to understand and protect these aquatic ecosystems. The well-being of people, animals and the ocean is interdependent. The primary goal of Georgia Aquarium’s ocean research and conservation is to expand the awareness of the vital connection between the oceans’ health and human health.
Over the last three decades, approximately 75% of new emerging infectious diseases have been zoonotic, meaning the diseases have been transmitted from animals to humans. By exploring the connection between health and the environment, this interdisciplinary approach can help protect present and future generations.
Georgia Aquarium is a leader in the One Health movement, a collaborative effort of multiple health science professionals – veterinary medicine, human medicine, environmental, wildlife and public health – to obtain optimal health for people, animals, wildlife, plants and our environment.
We need your help to expand our reach and discoveries in the world’s oceans and to continue the fight against emerging infectious diseases. Georgia Aquarium’s 4R Program encompasses Rescue, Research, Rehabilitation and Responsibility. With help from individual donors like you, contributions to the 4R program allow for continuing research and conservation activities that have a global impact.