This April, National Geographic Ocean Fellow Enric Sala and Emerging Explorer Kenny Broad will set sail with Summit at Sea, a three-day immersion in big ideas and high-energy activities for business leaders, artists, non-profit founders, and others working to educate and inspire the world’s up-and-coming generation.
While participants and presenters come from many fields, there is a common current that will run throughout the event: celebrating life and the oceans that create it.
As part of the lead-up, and to qualify to participate in a shark-research activity with the University of Miami during the event, the participants are asked to answer this question:
What is the most serious issue facing the oceans today, and how can you, your company, or your industry help address it?
As answers come in, the Summit at Sea team is posting them online where everyone can see what kinds of ideas are out there floating around, ready for action.
The Ideas So Far
The first round of submissions has included a wide range of concepts from a wide range of individuals. Kristofer Lofgren, founder of Bamboo Sushi (the world’s first certified, sustainable sushi restaurant), discussed his company’s efforts to create private marine protected areas. The CEO of Good World Games, Greg Sukornyk, posted his idea for an online game based on managing a conservation park. Actress and activist Kristin Bell suggested producing catchy, edgy public service announcements, saying “Think Greenpeace meets Funny or Die,” referring to the comedy video website known for regular appearances by stars like Will Ferrell.
Others suggest letting images do the talking. Artist Jane Kim has proposed a series of large murals of animal paintings, making “hard to see wildlife” more visible to everyone. Jane would like to document a year in the life of a blue whale through a series of paintings to be seen up and down the highways of coastal California. “Our planet is home to incredible and wondrous life and that makes me feel overwhelmed with passion,” she says. “Sharing even a fraction of that with the rest of the world is the best gift that I know how to give.”
Keep watching to see what other gifts and ideas the Summit at Sea team members bring to light.
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