Monday, January 2, 2017 | By awasserman | Comments Off on January 1Thing: The Celebration of the Sea Foundation
The Celebration of the Sea Foundation works to inspire, educate and engage people around the world to protect the ocean and its resources. A specific focus of all their initiatives is STREAM (Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Arts & Music) education for children and families.
The Foundation’s programs focus on ways in which each of us can make a positive impact on the environment while placing specific emphasis on the world’s ecological systems. Additionally, emphasis is placed on developing and supporting educational and environmental programs for inner city students and families.
The Celebration of the Sea Foundation is also proud to have developed the World Ocean Watch (WOW) Environmental and Educational Marine Science Program & Eco-Link™ to train students around the world to serve as ambassadors for our planet’s oceans. The Eco-Link Challenge is an open call for students to serve as Eco-Reporters and submit environmentally based Public Service Announcements and short form informational videos to engage and educate the public on critical environmental issues around the world.
“Watch It Don’t Botch It” video produced for the Celebration of the Sea Eco-Link Challenge by brothers Christian Petrisko (age 16), Derek Petrisko (age 14) and Landon Petrisko (age 12):
To promote a sense of global stewardship towards the environment and the living things that inhabit it.
To produce engaging and educational programs for families, teachers and students.
To make the world of science, exploration and the arts exciting and interesting to both children and adults.
To utilize interactive technology and outreach programs to motivate everyone to want to learn about the environment and protect the animals that inhabit it.
To emphasize ENTERTAINMENT, EDUCATION and TECHNOLOGY in the production of the following – all of which promote the theme of community (how all aspects of the environment, including human activity, are intricately related) and all of which strive to motivate people, particularly children, to improve current environmental conditions:
Educational programs and ancillary support materials for classrooms and families.
Live and recorded video content for television and social media networks as well as custom apps and web based interactive broadcasts for schools and family home viewing.
Traveling exhibitions to be showcased at high profile public forums, leading aquariums, maritime centers, museums and entertainment facilities.
Concerts, festivals and special events.
Field expeditions (in-reach/out-reach programs) for students, teachers and families. (Many expeditions have a diving/snorkeling and exploration component).
“Making ‘The Revenant’ was about man’s relationship to the natural world, the world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in reported history — our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow,” DiCaprio said. “Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It’s the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”
Dicaprio continued, “We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.”
Thursday, November 5, 2015 | By awasserman | Comments Off on 350.ORG IS BUILDING A GLOBAL CLIMATE MOVEMENT
We’ve all heard the news about falsified emissions tests that rocked the world’s biggest carmaker. What can we do? Broaden our focus.
350.org is building a global climate movement. Their online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are coordinated by a global network active in over 188 countries. The number 350 means climate safety: to preserve a livable planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 400 parts per million to below 350 ppm.
In preparation for the international climate negotiations in Paris later this year, environmentalist activist group the Sierra Club has partnered with production company RYOT to create a virtual reality climate change PSA, with narration from none other than Jared Leto.