With 7 billion people on the planet, our oceans are subject to countless kinds of stress, like changing coastlines, oil spills, and much, much more.
The Ocean Health Index is an initiative funded by Conservation International, the National Geographic Society, and the New England Aquarium. This index will include all possible dimensions surrounding how humans interact with the ocean, considering the costs and benefits of different actions and decisions- both to people and to marine environments. Conservation.org calls the index "the Dow Jones for ocean health"
According to some, this represents a new way of thinking about the environment. The next step is determining what actions we should take.
For more information, read about the index on Conservation.org, or the New York Times.