To celebrate World Oceans Day – June 8, 2013 – the World Economic Forum and the film company Lonelyleap partnered with Dr. Sylvia Earle to create an award winning short film that focuses on the importance of protecting the ocean, touching on issues such as bottom trawling, overfishing, and pollution. The film is called Ideas for Change.
Sylvia Earle is perhaps the world’s most recognized and respected oceanographer. Her work has been at the frontier of deep ocean exploration for four decades. The New Yorker and New York Times have referred to her as “Her Deepness,” the Library of Congress has called her a “living legend,” and she’s been a Time magazine “Hero for the Planet.” She is an oceanographer, explorer, author, field researcher, and explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society. Read more about Sylvia Earle here.
Accompanying this film is an interactive infographic to be hosted on the World Economic Forum homepage, presumably beginning on June 8.
The World Economic Forum will also host supporting blog posts from a number of expert oceanographers:
– Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer and Creator of Mission Blue Foundation, on Oceans
– Celine Cousteau, Founder and CEO of CauseCentric Productions, on Human-Ocean Relationship
– Nishan Degnarain, Senior Economic Adviser at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development of Mauritius, on the Economic Role of Oceans
– Hans Juergen-Matern, Vice-President and Head of Corporate Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs at METRO AG, on the Importance of Sustainable Fishing
– Greg Stone, Executive Vice-President and Chief Scientist for Oceans, Global Marine Conservation International, on Oceans Metrics (Ocean Health Index)
Bottom line: Short video by celebrated oceanographer Sylvia Earle, in celebration of World Oceans Day – June 8, 2013. The film is called Ideas for Change. Among other things, Earle said, “I think of the ocean as the blue heart of the planet.”
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